Exotic pets are better left in the wild!

Exotic pets are defined as pets from another part of the world. These animals are non-domesticated animals. Unlike dogs and cats, which were domesticated thousands of years ago, exotic animals will always retain their wild instincts and will react accordingly.

For this reason, any adverts advertising exotic mammals will be red flagged when posted on Junk Mail as part of Operation Bite Back. These include:Sugar-Glider-pet

Although keeping wild animals as pets can be appealing, it is important to remember that keeping a wild animal as a pet can pose many potential problems, including legal and ethical issues. Keeping wild animals as pets requires a great deal of research and preparation, as well as provision of ideal housing and diet as well as medical care (which may be very difficult to find).

Most people simply do not realise what they are getting themselves into when purchasing an exotic animal as a pet. Ultimately the animal, or both the owner and animal suffer the consequences. They are unpredictable. Their behaviour may change in a way that the owner does not understand and are not expecting such as change in life cycles or seasons.

In addition, finding proper medical care for some of these animals can be quite difficult. This can be for several reasons, such as inexperience of the average veterinarian, illegalities surrounding the animal and some illness symptoms that can be hidden and unknown.

If you do acquire such an exotic animal and realise after a while that you are unable to care for it and see to its need, where do you take it? The person you bought the animal from will most probably not take them back and a reputable zoo will not take them in. rescue centres will not always be able to cater for such an exotic animal and the animal may not qualify to be taken in by a rehabilitation centre. Inevitability now becomes reality as the animal is kept in a prison like captivity or doomed to death.

So, wouldn’t it be more rewarding to know that you helped to preserve these animals’ natural habitats rather than to imprison them in ours?


Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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