What are exotic animals?
The exotic animals are species that are rarely found. Remember they do not belong to the endangered category. Endangered species and exotic species are two different terms. The exotic animals are relatively found in low digits as far as their population is concerned, not because they are killed or hunted but because that’s how nature and ecosystem work. Some of the best examples of exotic species are one-horned Rhinoceros, Nilgiri Tahr, Hedgehog, the Burmese Python and Fennec Fox.
Most of us are not concerned about the exotic animals that belong to the wild category. The pet category receives more attention than the wild ones even in the exotic category. So here are some of the facts that you would love to hear about the ‘Exotic pets’
Facts about Exotic Pets:
- The US government is in possession of a large variety of exotic animals including reptiles and non-human primates. No wonder they also hold the rights to trade them legally. Trading exotic animals can fetch them some billion dollars per year.
- Somewhere around 5000 to 7000 tigers are tamed here as pets. It is a quantum that is more than the number of tigers available in the entire planet. It is a pitiable thing that these tigers are sold for $300 or at a value less than that.
- Some of these exotic pets become hard to tame when they grow up into adults. The keepers of these pets buy them in the infant stage and abandon when they become grownups.
- Needless to say, some of these exotic creatures can survive only in specific climatic conditions and live on a special diet. So when they are abandoned with no one to take care of, they become incapacitated to find food and finally die starving.
- The organizations that voice their opinions against trading the exotic species fail to play a role when it comes to protecting these special species that are abandoned on the streets.
- One fact that you might not want to hear is that some of these species can transmit deadly diseases such as herpes B and monkeypox. Taking the welfare of the individuals into consideration, the American Veterinary Medical Association along with the US Department of Agriculture do not favor the possession of exotic creatures as pets.
- The individuals who possess these exotic species are governed by regulations of the federal, state and local laws. Despite being governed by so many regulations, there are a lot of incidents that happen against the welfare of both the society as well as the exotic species.
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