When you are buying exotic animals that are illegal to keep, you are encouraging their illegal traffic and supporting their lack of freedom. Owning an exotic animal is denying them their natural environment where they can find the food they need and reproduce and survive on their own. Capturing exotic animals can result in the extinction of that species, causing serious damage to natural ecosystems. Here are the ten most common exotic pet.
Micro pig, mini pig, nano, and Juliana has become one of the most popular pets over a few years. What people don’t realize that these small pigs won’t stay small forever. Mini-pigs has to go through a lot of pain and suffering go into breeding for specific traits. Some people would underfeed their animals in order to stop them from growing. Pigs require to be able to root, dig, run and play with other pigs to be happy or they can become bored, destructive and depressed. People would often abandon their pet pigs because of their size.
This cute and wild animal is nocturnal and can carry foot-and-mouth disease as well as salmonella. Keeping a hedgehog in an enclosed small space can be is not right. They require the stimulation of the hunt and feel the need to explore in order to prosper. They are also illegal in many parts of the world.
8. Squirrel Monkeys:
Also known as Titi Monkeys are another species that are made for the wild. They are illegal to keep as pets in a lot of places and are hunted in a stealthy and illegal way. They are extremely picky about their food and demands a lot of time and attention.
Kinkajous are wild, small rainforest-dwelling animals that are known to scratch, bite, and injure their owners. These wild animals carry the bacteria Kingella potus. Also, you can’t exactly replicate a rain forest in your home. They need a lot of space to grow and strange surroundings can increase their risk of disease and ruin their quality of life.
Lemurs are endangered species and are on the Red List of Threatened Species. Exploitation through uncontrolled hunting, the pet trade, and habitat loss have caused its rapid reduction. This wild animal can get aggressive during development. They need special nutrition and are very nervous. They get frightened by loud noises, which can make them hurt themselves.
Sloths are in danger of extinction and continue to be purchased through illegal animal trafficking. Sloths are not made to be kept as a pet as they need to spend a lot of time suspended from high branches. Sloths need a specialized diet because of their extremely particular digestive systems and a constantly warm and humid environment. Also, they usually don’t display illness until they are very sick.
4. Blue Macaws:
These native South American birds are actually very complex. They have become popular because of their looks and intelligence. But they are delicate animals and they need to be fed the right foods. Also if kept alone they can suffer from depression.
3. Sugar Gliders:
These marsupials have become really popular as pets. But what people don’t know that sugar gliders need a special diet that you can not just get from the market such as larvae and insects. They can become obese or develop other illnesses if not fed properly. They are nocturnal and if they live alone, they can suffer from depression or become self-injuring. They want to be up in trees not in cages.
Skunks are actually illegal to keep in many places. You might think they make good pets but even if you remove its scent glands, they are mischief-makers and you have to skunk-proof your home. They can also catch infections.
Owls have been a popular pet for a long time mostly because of their captivating beauty. But owls are solitary and very territorial animals. They are also predators. They are wildlife species and in many places, it’s illegal to keep them as pets.