Exotic Pets - A Disaster Waiting to Happen

  1. Not something we think about every day, but incidents have occurred, and illegal as well as legal trading continues:

    Quote from www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-9/1159854760126120.xml&coll=1
    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, macaques should be handled using special biohazard procedures.
    "At the zoo... we take extra precautions when cleaning them -- impervious white outfit, rubber boots and a face shield."
    Asked whether he thinks macaques should ever be owned as pets, Cranfield answers quickly:
    "I think it's insane."
    If the Java macaque... had been a resident of a research laboratory, anyone coming into close contact would be required to wear a gown, gloves and a mask. There would be no eating or drinking, and the doors to the room housing the animals would be secured and locked.
    http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index....120.xml&coll=1
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I wish people would leave wild animals in the wild instead of trying to drag them into their lives for human amusement. Makes me SICK.
  4. by   gwenith
    You don't have to tell an Aussie about the dangers of bringing in animals to somewhere where they do not belong!! Any time you want we will be happy to return all our cane toads to Hawii

    Then there was a pretty pet plant cactus that went wild and took over 1/2 the state!!

    Not to mention the rabbits!!

    Apart from bringing in exotic diseases there is also the danger of envenomation - I cannot BELIEVE that there are people who keep pet Australian Snakes overseas - actually, to be honest I sometimes HOPE that they DO get bitten.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I wish people would leave wild animals in the wild instead of trying to drag them into their lives for human amusement. Makes me SICK.

    I completely agree. There's plenty of domesticated animals......dogs and cats............that need homes.
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    I had heard that a ~3lb pirhana was caught by a fisherman in the northeast. Officials say that it was probably an aquarium castoff. I'd hate to be swimming and run into that thing!!
  7. by   smk1
    about a year ago over the summer we had a man south of us who had 2 exotic cats that go loose and injured some children pretty badly, and these were smaller exotic cats. I see no reason for people to have these animals. Seems like some little old lady had a pet tiger out here too that they took away because it wasn't being taken care of properly. Not fair to the animals or the people they kill when they get loose.
  8. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I agree with not ripping animals out of the wild, but I have an exotic cat that I found as a sick, starving kitten and bottle-fed. There was no way to reintroduce him into the wild, and he is the sweetest thing ever. Not vicious at all- he hides in the couch if the doorbell rings! He's just like my other two cats except he can jump to the top level of the kitty tree from the floor. I have also raised wild birds that were blown out of their nests, baby squirrels that lived in my house and would ride around on my shoulder, a hedgehog, a water moccasin that I raised from a baby (EXTREMELY tame, would wrap around my wrist while I did my homework), a puff adder, two chipmunks, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    OK, maybe not the partridge... but I'm a sucker for a hurt or orphaned animal, and people still bring them to me.
    Last edit by LoriAlabamaRN on Oct 3, '06
  9. by   Mimi2RN
    Driving through Oklahoma, we pulled into a restaurant by the freeway, followed by a Ryder moving van. The guy pulled up beside us, opened the back end, and took a beautiful young mountain lion out of a crate, on a leash.

    He had bought a new pet.

    And that's legal in some states! That poor creature did not need that kind of a life. :angryfire
  10. by   indigo girl
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    I agree with not ripping animals out of the wild, but I have an exotic cat that I found as a sick, starving kitten and bottle-fed. There was no way to reintroduce him into the wild, and he is the sweetest thing ever. Not vicious at all- he hides in the couch if the doorbell rings! He's just like my other two cats except he can jump to the top level of the kitty tree from the floor. I have also raised wild birds that were blown out of their nests, baby squirrels that lived in my house and would ride around on my shoulder, a hedgehog, a water moccasin that I raised from a baby (EXTREMELY tame, would wrap around my wrist while I did my homework), a puff adder, two chipmunks, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    OK, maybe not the partridge... but I'm a sucker for a hurt or orphaned animal, and people still bring them to me.
    You have a big heart, Lori. Animal rescue is a labor of love. It is not the same thing as participating in the trade of potentially dangerous animals.

    BTW, congrats on your new job. I wish you all the best. You deserve it.
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    I agree with not ripping animals out of the wild, but I have an exotic cat that I found as a sick, starving kitten and bottle-fed. There was no way to reintroduce him into the wild, and he is the sweetest thing ever. Not vicious at all- he hides in the couch if the doorbell rings! He's just like my other two cats except he can jump to the top level of the kitty tree from the floor. I have also raised wild birds that were blown out of their nests, baby squirrels that lived in my house and would ride around on my shoulder, a hedgehog, a water moccasin that I raised from a baby (EXTREMELY tame, would wrap around my wrist while I did my homework), a puff adder, two chipmunks, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    OK, maybe not the partridge... but I'm a sucker for a hurt or orphaned animal, and people still bring them to me.

    That's a bit different than buying a python or an alligator because they are cute, and then getting overwhelmed and letting them go.

    I was jogging down the road a few years ago and an iguana about as big as a german shepherd crossed my path and scared the dickens out of me. I don't live in the dessert, so this isn't natural.
  12. by   smk1
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    I agree with not ripping animals out of the wild, but I have an exotic cat that I found as a sick, starving kitten and bottle-fed. There was no way to reintroduce him into the wild, and he is the sweetest thing ever. Not vicious at all- he hides in the couch if the doorbell rings! He's just like my other two cats except he can jump to the top level of the kitty tree from the floor. I have also raised wild birds that were blown out of their nests, baby squirrels that lived in my house and would ride around on my shoulder, a hedgehog, a water moccasin that I raised from a baby (EXTREMELY tame, would wrap around my wrist while I did my homework), a puff adder, two chipmunks, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    OK, maybe not the partridge... but I'm a sucker for a hurt or orphaned animal, and people still bring them to me.
    even though it isn't my cup of tea, it sound like you are compassionate, responsible and know what you are doing. I get mad when people have these animals and don't properly contain them. There is no reason for an animal who is native to India to be hiding out in a tree in the local park in Oregon waiting to attack some kids because his master doesn't feed or contain him properly. Those are the people I get upset with. Or the ones who simply get bored or overwhelmed and just let them loose.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't get how it can be legal to have some of these "pets" at all. It's a hazard to the public, and horribly unfair to the animals themselves. People can be so damn selfish.
  14. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I agree with people who say it's wrong to sell exotic animals. Too many problems can develop. I wouldn't have bought Oliver (my big kitty). Believe it or not, I was walking through a parking lot when I heard a squeaking sound, looked under an SUV and saw a bedraggled little bundle of fur. I thought he was a regular kitten, but several weeks old. Well, I bottlefed him and he grew... and grew... and grew. Now he's bigger than my Lab but he still thinks he is a lap kitty.

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