Exotic animals aren’t pets! Rush, fifty seven, who has a form face and hair the color of corn, breeds and trains gypsy horses she houses in a barn behind her small petting zoo, a wire enclosure the place three male kangaroos, four lemurs, a muntjac deer (originally from Asia), a potbellied pig, a raccoon-like kinkajou called Kiwi, and a dog named Dozer all dwell—the lemurs leaping freely, the kangaroos sleeping on their sides, the petite pig rooting within the ground, the Asian deer balancing its rack of antlers on its delicate head.
Despite the hundreds of thousands of Boa constrictors that exist in American households and personal facilities throughout the nation the place they are authorized, they have NOT established a single confirmed invasive populations in the continental U.S., and Florida has even made an exception for them that still allows their possession as pets whereas they have banned giant pythons.
Even within the states where unique-pet possession is banned, individuals break the law,” says Adam Roberts of Born Free USA, who keeps a running database of deaths and injuries attributed to unique-pet possession: In Texas a four-12 months-old mauled by a mountain lion his aunt saved as a pet, in Connecticut a 55-12 months-outdated lady’s face completely disfigured by her buddy’s lifelong pet chimpanzee, in Ohio an eighty-12 months-old man attacked by a 200-pound kangaroo, in Nebraska a 34-yr-previous man strangled to dying by his pet snake.
Due to this fact, once I say that the animals on this checklist-that are all not legal in some states-are “not a risk to public safety,” I am not suggesting that they pose zero risk to individuals like a stuffed animal does, or that an individual ought to depart young children alone with these animals and fall asleep in the adjacent room, however that they pose the same menace, or far much less, than a typical dog or cat.
Regardless of the millions of Boa constrictors that exist in American households and private services throughout the nation where they’re legal, they’ve established a single confirmed invasive populations in the continental U.S., and Florida has even made an exception for them that also allows their possession as pets whereas they have banned giant pythons.