A lizard 5-foot, Black-throated monitor was discovered Tuesday free roaming down a sidewalk residential district of California. The giant like Godzilla "Elmer" was reunited with owner Tom Casarez Jr., after being captured by an animal control officer understandably reluctant, but asking the question again: wild animals should be kept as pets?
Riverside, California, animal control officer Jenny Setzer received the call that a big lizard was wandering around in a residential yard. Animal control spokesman John Welsh said to the press-Enterprise, "said she saw and almost jumped back in his truck. Residents were freaking out because here is the creature of Godzilla, like walking on the sidewalk. "
Monitor lizards are poisonous as their American cousins South West the gila Monster. but as members of the species Varanus lizard, crocodile monitor, including the Komodo Dragon, and are larger lizards on the planet. The monitor lizards are carnivores. They are known to be docile, but like any wild creature scared when cornered. Elmer was hiss and swishing his tail unfortunately when caught. It turns out that the escapee was only about 20 meters from the House, but was clearly confused and scared.
In addition to scare the locals, Elmer probably was not a threat. Is it legal to keep the monitor lizards as pets and are popular on the market goods reptile. However, it's safe to keep large reptiles or any wild creature, especially in a residential area? Is healthy for residents? Is healthy for wild animals?
* Reptiles: In most cities in Michigan, it is illegal to keep barnyard fowl within the city limits. However it is legal to keep ball Python, some boas and other venomous snakes or dangers. The former residents of our House kept two seven-foot long Python caged ball. When they could not afford to pay the Bills, the electricity was off and ectothermic creatures died. We found a carcass of dead snake out when we were moving in.
* Piranha: Muskegon Lake, were discovered several piranhas in the 1980s. These carnivorous fish were kept as pets and washed the toilet when they could not be cured. They made their way to the flow of hot water near the local power plant, killed by much of the fish population and severely damaged the ecosystem.
* Wildcats: a recent visit to the animal rehabilitation clinic of Blandford nature center, we met a bobcat who was saved by pet owners. Wild cat de-clawed was was able to defend themselves.
* Skunks: De-scented skunks were used as pets. These animals are completely helpless and need to rely on proprietary things they could provide for themselves, in the wild.
* S primate: that it used to be very popular for keeping monkeys as pets. How animals grew older and were no longer cute, or how it has become too expensive to feed, pet owners often abandon their pet monkeys. Monkeys have a length of 40-50 years. These animals were taken from the wild and have also been rendered helpless.
Animals whose natural defenses are taken from them or are kept as pets are at risk of imprinting in humans. This is especially dangerous for animals taken as children. Imprinted animals and wild animals, taken from their natural habitat, how pets pose danger to the survival of the species.
Wild animals kept as pets pose dangers for children too. Exotic pets require special expensive food, cages and expensive equipment. As a teacher, I know of several families whose children lack adequate resources: adequate nutrition, clothing, medical care. Home visits, I know that their homes are not properly maintained. These families keep exotic pets. There are resources for animals, but not children. I've known personally two cases where wild dogs, one crossed with a Wolf, attacked small children. A child died. The other was maimed for life. Are these isolated incidents? Is anyone's best interest to keep wild animals? Not the right to their wild animals as pets replace common sense and safe to do so?
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes for 25 + years of teaching K-8, EI, CI, ESL, adult education, Montessori and homeschool. She is passionate about child welfare, Family Affairs, emotional health, developmental psychology, nutrition, sustainable lifestyles and build bridges of the community and paid in. She writes on parenting issues for the network of collaborators of Yahoo!.