11 Jan '12, 12pm

Tigers aren't pets. Here are 6 tragic stories of exotic pet ownership gone wrong.

Tigers aren't pets. Here are 6 tragic stories of exotic pet ownership gone wrong.

Zanesville, Ohio's Terry Thompson made national headlines in October 2011 when he released a horde of wild animals that he and his wife kept on their property, and then killed himself -- leaving the gruesome task of trying to control endangered Bengal tigers, monkeys, lions, wolves, baboons, and more. The police ended up shooting nearly 50 of the animals in an effort to stop them from terrorizing Thompson's town -- and while this may be the most horrific story of exotic pet ownership we've heard lately, it's certainly not the only one. There are a lot more reasons not to own exotic pets -- it's impossible to reproduce its natural habitat, breeding difficulties, and more -- but perhaps death will deter some. Read on for five more pets who went back to their instincts to harm -- or in some cases, kill -- their owners or the owners' friends and family. 1. Charla Nash and the ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/6-tragic-sto...

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