Odd Pets in America

02/08/2010

For some people, a domestic dog, cat or hamster just isn't enough.  They crave more exotic animals for their pets.  And it's surprisingly easy for private citizens in the United States to acquire as pets such animals as big cats, bears, chimpanzees, venomous snakes and many other species that could seriously harm or even kill a human.

Recently, British photographer David White visited the United States and explored this phenomenon.  His photos are striking and somewhat disturbing in light of recent tragedies involving undomesticated species that have been kept as pets.

What do you think about keeping such animals as pets? Should it be allowed?

Lion on Sofa David White
Photo: David White/Barcroft Media via Telegraph UK.

 

David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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