Exotic Animals as Pets
By: Tyler Farlow and Eliza Byrd
So you want an exotic animal as a pet…



Ocelot
Ocelots are not like your average cats, even though they may seem playful and friendly. Ocelots spend more time with their mothers in the wild than other wild cats, so they keep their childlike behaviors longer as well. This means that ocelots would spend more time crying and chewing on furniture than most pets. This also means that it would be harder to house train them. A pet ocelot could never be left alone to play independently. If the ocelot is left alone, it will become frantic for attention and could harm the first person that it sees. For families, this would make vacations very difficult since the ocelot could not be left to take care of itself. Ocelots were popular pets in the 50's and 60's, but were labeled as endangered in the US in 1972. So even if you feel like you could handle the characteristics of an ocelot, it would be illegal to own one.

IMGP0233-1.jpg ocelot image by AnastasiaLL
IMGP0233-1.jpg ocelot image by AnastasiaLL



chimp_smile.jpg chimp smile image by Jdpaulus
chimp_smile.jpg chimp smile image by Jdpaulus


Chimpanzee
Don’t let this face fool you; chimpanzees can be very deadly if kept as pets. Anyone wanting a pet chimpanzee would have to make the decision early on in their lifetime because chimps can live up to 60 years. A chimpanzee may seem cute and helpless the first couple years of its life, but around the age of five or six, it will already become much stronger than a human adult. The chimpanzee will only continue to get stronger as it gets older. The chimpanzee’s intelligence will also grow with age. This will make the chimpanzee harder to handle. Since the older chimpanzee will be both strong and intelligent, it might hurt the ones who care for it, even on accident. If a family is constantly sick, it would be a terrible idea for them to own a chimpanzee. Chimpanzees, especially baby chimps, are very susceptible to catching human sickness.


Chimpanzee


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I think I'll stick to dogs and small, non-deadly cats and leave the Wild... well... in the Wild. How about you?