Posted by: Jennie K | July 29, 2007

it’s the novelty of it

It seems like every day there is another “cool” pet to have. In other words, all the cool people have this animal as a pet. These poor animals are referred to as novelty pets and they usually find themselves homeless as soon as their parents realize that they really shouldn’t have taken this animal into their home. Or when the coolness wears off. This is just another form of animal cruelty if you ask me. What could be more horrible than doing whatever you can to force an animal to love you and then carelessly tossing that animal aside because he wasn’t the “in” thing anymore?

From Wikipedia:

An exotic pet is a rare or unusual creature kept as a pet, or a creature kept as a pet which is not commonly thought of as a pet.

The definition is an evolving one; some rodents, reptiles, and amphibians have become firmly enough established in the world of animal fancy to no longer be considered exotic. Sometimes any unique or wild-looking pet (including common domestic animals such as the ferret and the domestic rat) is called an exotic pet. “Exotic” may also be used for a species which is non-indigenous to the owner’s locale.

Many major pet stores and service providers (such as veterinary insurance carriers or online retailers) tend to classify any animal besides cats, dogs, or fish as “exotic”.

[…]Species kept as exotic pets include:

* Alligators
* Arctic Fox
* Wolves and wolf/dog hybrids
* Fennec foxes
* Sugar Gliders
* Skunks
* Degus
* Kinkajous
* Raccoons
* Chinchillas
* Speckled Caimans
* Wild cat cubs such as lions, tigers, bobcats, and ocelots
* Reptiles such as snakes, tortoises, and lizards
* Arthopods like spiders, praying mantises, and scorpions
* Extremely rare birds
* Primates

Some exotics are less “wild” than others; dingoes have been in a relationship with humans for generations and are thought to be an early breed, and the Bengal cat descends from a hybrid of wild and domestic species. Llamas and pot-bellied pigs, though still present in the wild, have been raised in captivity for centuries.

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