Many people see keeping exotic animals, such as monkeys, iguanas, and big cats as a unique way to enrich their lives. Unfortunately, creatures that are not typically domesticated are often more wild than these eager owners may realize. Every year, thousands of cases are reported in which exotic pets are responsible for the injury and death of humans, either directly or through the transmission of diseases.
Despite many laws restricting the kinds of animals private citizens may keep, one animal rights group estimates that more tigers are kept as pets in the U.S. than exist in the wild, and monkey bites are the number one cause of the potentially deadly Herpes B virus in humans. Moreover, many exotic animals carry strains of the Salmonella bacteria in their intestines, which can cause severe symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.
The greatest factor leading to an exotic animal’s potential danger is the sheer unpredictability of their behavior. Even pets that we might not necessarily think of as particularly “exotic” or dangerous can prove to be lethal. In one recent case, a Tennessee pastor suffered a heart attack and died after being attacked by his pet goat, while a woman living on a ranch in Florida was trampled to death by her camel.
Laws concerning the handling of exotic pets are becoming stricter for a good reason. If you or someone you love has been injured by an exotic pet and you believe negligence on the part of the owner or handler was at fault, contact the Green Bay personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.