Wild animals belong in the wild.
Adults and children alike may dream keeping exotic and wild animals as pets. The media plays it part with misleading adverts such as the recent one of a lion cub that was allegedly bought in a pet shop in London and later released in the wild.
What hogwash!
Animated films and even the occasional wildlife documentary sometimes prey on public sentiment when it comes to wild animals. When the highly popular animated film, The Lion King, appeared on the movie circuit, game rangers reported a sharp increase in the interest in lions by children (of all ages). The incredible thing was that they thought lions were cuddly things and could be approached and stroked!
Wild animals belong in the wild.
Once removed from their natural environment they can almost never be returned.
When a TV children’s programme featured an adorable furry meerkat puppet, the demand for real lives one surged. Meerkat in their natural habitat live in large groups whereas they are sold individually. They like to burrow and they need fruit in their diet.

Having one in you house can cause endless problems. With their sharp teeth
and claws they can chew through cables and fabrics and also inflict serious
wounds on the humans around them.
Invariably they become a nuisance and are difficult to get rid of.

A number of countries have legislation in place that prescribes that one needs a
special permit to keep a wild animal. This often leads to black market trading…
animals are kept in shocking conditions. Many of them die after horrendous
suffering at the hands of unscrupulous dealers.

Leave wild animals in the wild. That is where they belong - not in your house or back garden.


Remember ...
Cute little baby animals
become adult animals
sooner than you think!