Would you own an exotic animal?

SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
I've always thought it would be neat to own some sort of exotic large animal as a pet, even though it is entirely too expensive and an extremely dangerous idea. Would you do it? What would you own?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I would not wish to own an exotic animal
Eugler , Rarity , melissa1973 , bratcat , padmeamidala , Liz2 , ImaGodiva , BrittaniMaree , mpfm , Beautiful-Disaster , evanescentowl , falalena , Allstars316 , Lavendar , sXeVegan90 , Ouroborean , TheirPet , married with children , Zombirella , hjtee , Gunsmoke , eri86 , Creepellah , Kitka , Virgingasms , Ciao. , Trysexual , Kodie , Alex Time , nimr , Living Doll , Anne , marshmallow
33
I would want a small exotic animal
SMichelle , IvyFayette , lexxxmoonchild , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , jwitt754 , funluvinmama , karenm , *Camoprincess* , RedFreak , Dolphin Lady , sunkissedJess , KrissyNovacaine , etoileknight , This Is For The Birds , DeliciousDrip , MrsandMrbunnysoffun , JinxPinx
17
I would want a large exotic animal
SydneyScreams , GingerSpice , surreptitious , IvyFayette , TiffanyW , tami , *Camoprincess* , Hallmar82 , Bme , Gdom , This Is For The Birds , Marie Hanna
12
I would want a lion
*Camoprincess*
1
I would want a tiger
SydneyScreams , IvyFayette , Real or memorex , *Camoprincess* , This Is For The Birds
5
I would want a panther
GingerSpice , tami , *Camoprincess*
3
I would want a lynx
Eugler , IvyFayette , Hallmar82
3
I would want a wolf
IvyFayette , jwitt754 , Bignuf
3
I would want a lemur
kendra30752 , KrissyNovacaine
2
I would want a bear
I would want a reptile
IvyFayette , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , *Camoprincess*
3
I would want an elephant
Other (please specify!)
Eugler , bratcat , surreptitious , Ms. N , TiffanyW , Cosmonaut , bellasjunglepalace , lexxxmoonchild , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , .kaycat , U3H , funluvinmama , Herzer , SourAppleMartini , kendra30752 , butts , Hallmar82 , This Is For The Birds , Marie Hanna , Alan & Michele , Aishiteru , xOhxSoxScandalousx , apple4me
23
Total votes: 105 (74 voters)
Poll is closed
06/13/2013
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SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
I've always dreamed of raising a tiger. They're such fascinating creatures!
06/13/2013
Eugler Eugler
Yes, Tigers are quite interesting, but I wouldn't want to raise one because I were to scared that they would attack me.

I voted for lynx which are native in some German forests, so it would be not an exotic animal for me.

If I had the choice I would love to own a raven which is free but domesticated.
06/13/2013
Rarity Rarity
Exotic animals are difficult to keep and I could not make the commitment to one. There's also the issue of taking them out of their natural habitat. It's nice to think about owning a nice bird like you see people do on YouTube, but it's just one of those fantasies for me!
06/13/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
These animals were born wild and should remain as such. Let professionals work with the animals. I'll just look at them during an act or when I go to a zoo (which is rare). I plan on making a trip to The Wilds which is close to where I live and I'll be able to admire them to my hearts content.
06/13/2013
bratcat bratcat
most exotic animals end up going to wildlife shelters, as their cair takers tend to not be able to handel them once they get too big and/or exhibit "wild" behavior. Or they are dumped in placed they do not need to be and end up becoming an invasive species that wreak havoc on their new environment - like how we not have several unnatural sake species in the everglades which are butting that habitat in grater danger.
I dont think laypeople should be allowed to own exotic pets, even with the regulated permits, as they often cannot accommodate said animal.
I mean i'd love to own a domesticated Serval, Savannah, Bengal, but they are very high energy cats and need a lot of exercise and to be feed live prey to keep them active - which are things i know i couldnt give to the animal (same goes for fennec foxes).
06/13/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
I have exotic animals -- sugar gliders. Super high maintenance animals, but so cute and sweet.
06/13/2013
GingerSpice GingerSpice
would love to have a black panther
06/13/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by SydneyScreams
I've always thought it would be neat to own some sort of exotic large animal as a pet, even though it is entirely too expensive and an extremely dangerous idea. Would you do it? What would you own?
I would like to own a large exotic animal, but only if I were extremely well-equipped to care for it! I would also only want to own an exotic animal were it born in captivity - I don't have a problem with animals being raised in captivity provided they are well-treated and given the space and freedom that they need, however taking something from the wild is entirely unnecessary. I also wouldn't like to buy an animal that may have been poached: I would adopt only from a reputable source. I would rescue and/or foster a wild animal - I have 100 acres of land, so it wouldn't be difficult to give it the space that it needs, however the climate of Canada is difficult for many large exotic animals. Right now, I couldn't afford to feed something large were it carnivorous, however I could care for a giraffe, elephant or zebra etc. Of course, the carnivorous ones are my favorite kind, but they wouldn't be feasible as pets for me right now.
06/13/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by SMichelle
I have exotic animals -- sugar gliders. Super high maintenance animals, but so cute and sweet.
Oh my gosh, those are adorable! I think that I'd find the high-maintenance totally worth it just to look at them and squee (I know - terrible reason to want a pet, but I'm sure that I'd also love them).
06/13/2013
Liz2 Liz2
I really don't believe it is humane to try and keep exotic animals. So many issues, danger, climate, legality, and even care.
06/13/2013
ImaGodiva ImaGodiva
Wild animals belong in the wild.
06/13/2013
Ms. N Ms. N
I voted other...while I like the idea of owning an exotic animal, I know myself. I am easily bored, and I have trouble keeping a PLANT alive. There is no way I would properly keep up with the care of, say, an elephant.
06/13/2013
TiffanyW TiffanyW
I want a giraffe!!!!
06/13/2013
bratcat bratcat
Quote:
Originally posted by SMichelle
I have exotic animals -- sugar gliders. Super high maintenance animals, but so cute and sweet.
I've known so many people to own these little guys, and end up getting rid of them because they dont realize they're most active at dusk to dawn - like a lot of other exotic pets like hedgehogs, fennec foxes, etc - and that their very high-strong animals that need to be socialized and have a lot to do. Same thing with ring tailed Lemurs.

I hate that some people just buy animals because their "cute" without wanting to put in all the time and effort needed to care for said animal (exotic or domestic). It's hard on the animal and for some reason when it comes to exotic pets people assume they can just dump them out into the wild (i've known people to do this for snakes and rabbits) and will expect them to do well, thrive, ad have no adverse effects on the environment.

I feel like if you we're to get an exotic animal of any kind you should undergo a house inspection and have a check-up from the provider after a month to be sure the animal is getting adequate care - like some dog rescues do.
06/13/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
I just want an animal buddy to play games with. I don't wish to own them. I just want to meet up with them randomly and hang out. I would ride a bear into a mock battle. Battle bear!
06/13/2013
BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
I would not wish to own an exotic animal
06/13/2013
lexxxmoonchild lexxxmoonchild
Laws about pet ownership are really strict where I live, to the point where even animals like ferrets and hedgehogs are illegal, so I guess I would want a small exotic animal? Ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, skunks, and opossums are all really cute. I don't think they'd get along well with my cat, though.
06/13/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Small exotic animals are fine. I would like a Iguana or something like the Sugar gliders.
06/13/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
I wouldn't want to own an exotic animal... I wouldn't want it to attack me or anything..
06/13/2013
evanescentowl evanescentowl
I'm not for owning exotic animals as pets. They belong in the wild, and aren't tamed. Rescue centres are fine, but not keeping them for fun.

Things like tamed foxes (yes they have those, and they're bred just for ownership) would be okay.
06/13/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by evanescentowl
I'm not for owning exotic animals as pets. They belong in the wild, and aren't tamed. Rescue centres are fine, but not keeping them for fun.

Things like tamed foxes (yes they have those, and they're bred just for ownership) would be okay.
domestic foxes still are high energy and are primarily nocturnal. They require a lot of space to run and still have a lot of instinctive traits.
06/13/2013
tami tami
Quote:
Originally posted by SydneyScreams
I've always thought it would be neat to own some sort of exotic large animal as a pet, even though it is entirely too expensive and an extremely dangerous idea. Would you do it? What would you own?
I would love to raise a panther they are so sleek and beautiful and if I had the room and the money I would totally do it.
06/13/2013
falalena falalena
Quote:
Originally posted by SydneyScreams
I've always thought it would be neat to own some sort of exotic large animal as a pet, even though it is entirely too expensive and an extremely dangerous idea. Would you do it? What would you own?
Living in a state where exotic animals are allowed and working in the veterinary field, it's typically a bad idea all around for anyone to own an exotic animal. People generally do not know how to handle them, provide the proper diet or environment, and cannot afford the proper medical care.
06/13/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
I would not. I couldnt support having someone brutally remove an animal from its habitat to make it my pet, when I know what it truly wants is to be in the wild with others like it
06/13/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
It would be nice to own one. I think I would try to pass it off.
06/13/2013
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
I'd never own one. They belong in the wild.
06/13/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
Quote:
Originally posted by bratcat
I've known so many people to own these little guys, and end up getting rid of them because they dont realize they're most active at dusk to dawn - like a lot of other exotic pets like hedgehogs, fennec foxes, etc - and that their very ... More
Oh yes, I've known a lot of people that just get rid of them, too. A lot of people don't realize that they're not simple, easy to own pets. I've had mine for nearly four years, and I can tell you, they're definitely not super easy to take care of. They're expensive, high-maintenance, fragile, and really, I don't think that most people should have them as pets. Some people do wonderfully with them, though.
06/13/2013
TheirPet TheirPet
As cool as it would be I wouldn't want to be on Animal Planet's MY EXOTIC PET ATE ME specials.
06/13/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
I know it's not realistic, but I want a damned tiger!
06/13/2013
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