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Potential Dangers of Exotic Pets

About 60% of American households own a pet of some kind. The most popular are dogs, cats, and freshwater fish. However, some people feel that these pets do not offer the excitement or glamour they are looking for, or simply feel better suited to a rarer animal. It is difficult to estimate how many people own exotic pets, as these numbers are not often recorded.

Exotic animals like large cats, primates, and rare reptiles can be fascinating and beautiful pets. On the other hand, exotic pet ownership poses certain risks to owners, the general public, and the animals themselves. If you have been injured by a poorly supervised exotic pet, you may have grounds for a Jacksonville animal attack lawsuit.

Why Exotic Pets can be Dangerous

While some wild animals kept as pets are kind and harmless, there is no way to predict how they will behave in every situation they may encounter. Exotic pets can be dangerous for many reasons, like:

  • They are undomesticated. Unlike dogs and cats, who have been kept as pets for thousands of years, most exotic breeds have not yet developed an instinct for living with humans. This makes them much more difficult to train, and makes their behavior very unpredictable.
  • Their origins are often unknown. Even if the pet was purchased legally, there is often no way to know how the seller obtained it. This lack of accountability can lead to dangerous viruses and bacteria being spread, especially by pets from outside the US.
  • Many exotic animals can inflict major injuries. Large cats, primates, and many breeds of reptile can severely injure or kill humans when provoked. Even a pet that seems friendly can become frightened or irritated enough to attack with very little warning.

Like all pet owners, people who own exotic pets can are liable for any injuries their animals inflict. A Jacksonville exotic pet injury lawyer can advise you on receiving fair compensation.

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Jacksonville exotic pet attack lawyer Don Guthrie, P.A. can help you win fair compensation for medical bills and more. Contact us at 904-296-1088.

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