Think twice before you choose to keep a wild or exotic animal in your home. These animals require considerable expertise, complete dedication to their needs and special housing and care. It might also be difficult to find a veterinarian who will care for the animal. Check your local regulations to find out if it is legal for you to keep an exotic animal.
- Keeping an exotic animal in your home comes with possible threats to human health and safely—no matter how big or small the animal might be, they can carry a number of diseases that may be transmissible to humans.
- A young exotic animal's temperament may change as it grows older, becoming aggressive and unhappy in captivity.
- Wild animals are exactly that—wild. They are meant to stay in the wild and are not domestic animals. Talk with your children about the importance of not touching or handling wild animals.
- Do not bring baby wild animals in your home! It is not legal and could result in suffering for the animal and the people in your household.
This is Wylie, a Coatimundi (Coati) who suffered severe abuse and neglect after the “NEW” wore off. He came into rehab with SEVERE burns to all 4 feet, missing about half of his tail, multiple skin problems, mites, and infection.
After months of painful treatments, therapy, medications, and an ongoing battle to save his feet and restore his health, Wylie lost his fight for life. The amount of suffering he was forced to endure was unbearable for him in the end.
This scenario is repeated all too often. Unbelievable pain and suffering caused by people who purchase these wonderful creatures because they are so “Cool,” only to realize the special care, diet, food, housing, time, and attention required long-term to care for them is overwhelming. They don't stay cute and cuddly for long, their poop stinks, and wild animals bite hard with their big teeth.
Please do not be selfish. Don't support the exotic pet trade. Please leave exotics and wildlife in the wild where they were meant to be.
Be a hero instead. Visit your local Humane Society and save the life of a domestic animal that desperately needs your love.