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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 03:04 PM
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Just a note: Big cats are not house pets. You can keep them responsibly, but interacting with them by going into their enclosure and petting them is not in any way, shape, or form responsible.
Christian the lion was a great cat, but if his human buddy had happened to accidentally trip and fall one day around feeding time, said buddy would be very dead. It wouldn't matter that Christian may feel bad afterward...he's a lion, and his instincts can easily override anything he has learned.
Tame big cats invariably injure their owners when treated in such a cavalier fashion. It's not their fault...their owners were irresponsible, and allowed it to happen.

Educate yourself before you ever consider keeping any exotic animal, and do NOT come into that education process with a preconception about what you are going to do with that animal. Learn what you SHOULD do...and stick to it. If you don't, you will be the next big news story that triggers yet another bill to ban the ownership of exotics.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 02:22 PM
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im sure they would be pretty expensive not only to buy if thats even possible, but to feed, but if you have the money and the area it would be pretty neat. There is someone in the town next to us that own a zebra which is fun to see when we drive by, but like the warnings of course you already know the dangers not only for yourself but people around you like in the case of the animal break out in Ohio this past year
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Sure--large carnivores are a pretty obvious danger. The issue I have is when people lump them in with everything else. "Dangerous wild animals" should not include boa constrictors, monitor lizards, small wild cats, etc. Those animals can bite and cause injuries, but they're not killers. Even the giant constrictors pose only a small occupational hazard to their handlers and people in the home, and none to the public. No one's ever been killed by an escaped python.

When you consider the risks objectively, how many more dangerous things are we exposed to in daily life, than lions, tigers, and bears? The number of people who even want to, or can, keep them is so small, that the odds of anyone being harmed are simply miniscule. The animal release in Ohio was very tragic...and no human was harmed.

Of course, that fellow should not have had the animals in the first place. I do firmly believe that there should be a '2 strikes and you're out' rule for violations of safe house and proper care for these types of animals. That, too, would have prevented this, and no one who loves keeping these animals could object to it. The individual who released the animals, and then killed himself, had been charged with neglect or cruelty already.

The solution to that is not to ban keeping the animals, it's to enforce the existing laws properly.

0.5 people are killed (on average) each year in the US by captive giant snakes. (Less than one). Around 1 person is killed each year by wild mountain lions. Actual wildlife is a bigger public threat than captive wildlife. 30 people are killed each year by dogs.
3 by all exotics combined.
All of these threats from animals, added up together, are laughably small numbers when compared with simple every day hazards that we take for granted. 70 people die of burns they sustain in the BATH TUB each year....

Focusing on exotics as a public threat is a massive red herring that is used to distract the public from REAL issues.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:08 PM
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Not that by any stretch of the imagination I believe they should be kept as personal pets, but as far as I know, nobody has ever been killed by a cheetah, wild or captive. Cheetahs are incredibly meek animals and do not have any need or desire for complete dominance like all of the other large predators seem to. They would so rather avoid a confrontation than fight that a wild cheetah can be chased off her kill by a vulture a sixth her size. In the majority of zoos, cheetahs are the only big cats keepers are permitted to interact with without a fence in between them and the animal, because cheetahs are not aggressive and are actually quite sociable. However, few people would ever dare to have free contact with a domestic bull, because they are so dangerous and yet anybody can own one. I don't remember where but one zoo has a cheetah and a dog that live together full time, the best of friends, and the cheetah is very gentle with the dog, which according to statistics is truly the more dangerous animal, because unlike cheetahs dogs actually have killed people. Lots of people. But anybody can own a dog.

On all of those animal-kills-its-owner shows, it's always lions, tigers, leopards, and chimpanzees. And venomous snakes. I don't think venomous snakes should be allowed as pets. These, and the aforementioned animals, are the truly dangerous animals to have in captivity.
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animal attacks on their owners are very, extremely rare.
People get attacked by their house cats all the time. People get bit by their dogs all the time. Yes its the same...handlers get bit by animals.

As for cheetahs, yeah they're big wuss cats but I agree...no house pet. Are they like house cats? Well in the sense that they run, hunt, make crazy mating calls, and sleep all day yeah. They aren't though. In fact, the ones closer to house cats are the ones being bred with house cats.

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And even the servals, leopardcats, swamp cats, and other smaller wildcats bred with domestic felines to produce the hybrid "savannahs", "bengals", or "chausies" or all the other "breeds" are largely unsuitable as pets as well. They have those wild instincts that don't go away just because it's living in your house. Although, as far as I know the crossbred half-wild offspring resulting from the mating with the domestic cats are no more unfriendly than a typical house cat and are highly valued because they bring the all of what's good about wild cats - that wild look and behavior - with a peaceable and friendly personality making it suitable as a companion.
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