For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
Twice Before Keeping an Exotic Animal
– What would you do if your 85-pound, 10-foot
python disappeared? Look for your cat? Check your
homeowner's insurance? Cancel the snake's birthday
party? A python was reported missing in Milwaukee
several days ago and has yet to be recovered. The
Wisconsin Humane Society would like to offer the
following tips about exotic and wild animals:
keep pythons, iguanas, parrots or other exotic animals
unattended outdoors. These animals can be stolen
or escape and get into the hands of an individual
who is not familiar with handling exotic animals.
you are keeping an exotic animal, the animal needs
to be kept in an area where children or visitors
do not have access to the animal. Many exotic animals
can become aggressive or defensive around new people,
twice before you choose to keep an 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.
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
young exotic animal's temperament may change as
it grows older, becoming aggressive and unhappy
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.
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.
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Opportunity: Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager for
WHS, will be available for an interview and have
a young raccoon, opossums and gray squirrels available
for photos. To schedule an interview, contact Michelle
Pintar at (414) 431-6104.