Ok so normally I don’t care but having worked at/volunteered at a zoo, I gotta say it.
Guys. Don’t do this shit, man. Just don’t.
Even when I helped with the lions, including the male, Bubba, who was bigger than his name makes him sound, the keepers remembered at all times that these are WILD ANIMALS, predatory wild animals, with teeth the size of your fingers, who can rip out your spine before you know you’re dead. They were treated with love and care, yes, but also respect.
I know this is from the 1970s or whatever. But people STILL do it and not only does it create a highly harmful, profitable illegal black market that exploits animals and contributes to suffering, inbreeding. and extinction, it is FUCKING DANGEROUS. It’s not even illegal in a lot of places, but it damn well should be.
I know you folks are intelligent. I know this is probably a durr.
But this isn’t cute, and it isn’t funny, it’s more than a little dangerous. And it applies to animals like deer, or racoons, or a lot of the more esoteric pet market. It’s a problem and it needs to stop.
I do not mean to insult anyone, nor demean the bond you may have with an animal, but there are serious, significant risks associated with this kinda bullshit and frankly unless you are a trained animal professional… It’s not something most people should be doing.
[Note that there are ‘exotic’ pets, and then there’s THIS. Not talking about exotic pets, though I would eb sure you are buying from a reputable breeder of whatever and make sure you know before you go, to be sure you aren’t supporting an illegal blackmarket that kills hundreds of thousands of animals a year.]