Exotic pets look cute and impressive. They are bound to get their “owners” a lot of attention. Yet, the fact is bold and simple – wild animals belong in the wild.
Not only are wild creatures potentially dangerous and very rarely fully adjust to a captive environment but they also require special care. Exotic pets have special dietary and housing needs, and certain temperature requirements. Most wild animals in captivity need a lot more exercise than they actually get. Some animals heavily depend on group interactions, and so the isolation leads them into a deep depressive state.
Exotic pets that aren’t treated in the appropriate manner are time bombs ready to explode. Not only they may attack but they may carry zoonotic diseases that are harmful to humans and other domesticated animals.
Unfortunately, private individuals often try to alter the very nature of their exotic pets instead of amending the care they provide. Usually that means confining exotic animals in cages, chaining them, beating, punishing, and more. Sometimes cruel “owners” remove the teeth and claws of their exotic pets.
There comes a time when a cute furry animal grows into a wild beast, so care becomes very complicated and costly. Consequently, a big number of these animals get abandoned, euthanized, or left to live in horrible conditions.
Let’s look into the top 4 popular exotic pets
Monkeys are adorable and entertaining animals, and so private individuals love to have them as pet companions. However, monkeys do not make good pets.
At about two years of age, monkeys become aggressive. They bite to establish dominance and defend themselves. That is not only painful but more so deadly, as some primates harbor zoonotic diseases, like herpes B and Monkeypox. Monkeys can pass those diseases to human primates through bites and scratches. Often when “owners” get bitten by their pets, they are reluctant to report the injuries or even get medical treatment, in fear of their exotic pet being taken away and killed. That is a recipe for a spread of viruses and diverse diseases.
Exotic pet monkeys are usually not open to new people, and so guests, newborns and even additional pets are hard to introduce. More so, this fact makes it close to impossible to go away for a vacation.
Monkeys live in groups and so depend on social interaction. Being starved for attention, monkeys will develop severe behavioral issues like screaming, biting and acting aggressive, as well as psychological problems that will be close to impossible to rectify.
Monkeys are illegal to keep as pets in some places. In places where they are legal to be kept as exotic pets, permits are most likely to be required. These permits aren’t easy to get, and sometimes serious home inspections are to be carried out. Additionally, monkey pet “owners” often have issues with insurance.
If you’d like to learn which primates are most commonly “owned” as exotic pets, follow this link: https://www.thesprucepets.com/pet-monkey-1238275
Tigers, lions, cougars, cheetahs, and other non-domesticated felines are often held as exotic pets in different countries across the globe. Indeed, when they are little balls of fur, they are cute and cuddly. However, wild cats grow up and become dangerous wild beasts that are capable of injuring or even killing. Sometimes they won’t send any warnings, and snap in a matter of seconds.
Some “owners” believe they can just declaw their wild cats in order to tame these exotic pets. In reality, this won’t prevent these wild beats from injuring or killing if they put their mind to it. If their teeth won’t do the job, their jaw pressure will. More so, removing wild cats’ teeth and claws will cause tremendous pain and nerve damage.
Raccoons may be affectionate with their “owners”, yet they are unpredictable and often mischievous. They are complicated to take care of. Very often raccoons will damage your home and belongings they come across. As these exotic animals are nocturnal, they will create all the trouble at night time. You might wish to put them inside a cage for the night time, however they do not deal well with cages or even small rooms.
These exotic pets have specific dietary needs and their health issues are costly and hard to manage. Raccoons are stubborn animals and are very selective when they choose to obey. They are intelligent and sweet creatures but require a lot of space, attention and investment.
Bats became a popular topic for discussion in 2020. They carry rabies, SARS, and many scientists say that COVID-19 has transferred from bats to pangolins to humans. If that is not enough to avoid turning a bat into an exotic pet, then look at their sharp teeth and complicated needs.
Bats are cool and intriguing animals but better be appreciated in the wild. They can live over 30 years in the wild but in captivity they rarely survive for longer than a year.
If you are curious to learn how a bat feels in captivity, read this article: https://batworld.org/pet-bats/
Anastasia is responsible for the Events & Marketing side of Wildchain. She was born in USSR, where circuses and zoos were the most well-known kids’ source of entertainment. At the age of 13 she left Moscow to relocated to the UK. After graduating from Northumbria University with a Bachelors degree in Advertising and Media, she began working on projects in Czech Republic, Switzerland, UAE and Thailand. She loves the fact that Wildchain raises awareness and promotes people to take actions for wildlife conservation out of love, not based on fear.