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Emma142 May 29th, 2009 06:30 AM

Exotic pets
Hi everyone,

I'm doing some research for a TV programme about what it's like to live with exotic pets or take in unusual animals when they are ill or have been abused. If anyone thinks they've got a great story to tell, please let me know. This programme is in development at the moment, so I'm just looking for information and experiences and you wouldn't be committing to anything, I'd just love to speak to anyone who thinks they've got a great pet.

I hope it's ok to post this here. If it's not, then I apologise. Can anyone suggest another way of contacting owners? All ideas welcomed.

Leave me a message or PM me and I'll get back to you.



Melinda May 29th, 2009 08:13 AM

and what do you classify as "exotic" I've rescued hedgehogs, guinea pigs, squirrels, wild birds, groundhogs, skunks, chipmunks (that has now adopted my hubby and won't leave him alone when he's working in his garage) oh and a gosseling

ownedbycats May 29th, 2009 10:38 AM

I think this sounds like a neat program, but it really ought to emphasize some things.
1) Wild animals do not make good pets, and rehabilitators, who must be licensed, take in animals only until they can be released.. (unless they are permanently injured.
2) exotic pets require special care, and it is often expensive and time consuming.
3)wild/exotic pets can be more dangerous than regular pets, and can injure those who don't know how to handle them.

It's neat to see these pets, but it's sad when people go out and get one on impulse after watching shows like this. Then they find it is too much trouble and expense and dump. Please be careful about what message you send.

Emma142 May 29th, 2009 11:29 AM

Melinda, they all sound pretty exotic to me! So you rescue the animals when they're injured and release them when they get better?

ownedbycats, thank you for the advice. We absolutely wouldn't want to give the wrong impression of what it's like to keep exotic pets. I've spoken to people at shelters and rescue centres who have exactly the same concerns as you, so it's something we're already taking into consideration.

aslan May 29th, 2009 11:31 AM

Emma where abouts are you located, there is a place on hwy 115 on the way to peteborough called exotic cat world. They take in all of the exotic pets people were silly enough to own. I'm not talking squirrels, etc. This couple has, lions,wolves, tigers,leopards, bears, monkeys etc.

I personally have raised several mommyless squirrels and own a chinchilla ..

NoahGrey May 29th, 2009 12:27 PM

[QUOTE=aslan;784996]own a chinchilla ..[/QUOTE]

We have a chinchilla at our shelter up for adoptation if you are looking for a friend for your chinchilla.

You can pm me,but I won't be able to get back to you until Saturday. I am working nights on-call tonight. 4pm-7am.


aslan May 29th, 2009 12:30 PM

ACO22 thanks for the offer but i think right now we'll pass. Nermal is supposed to be my stepdaughters and well she has been how should i say. Less than responsible so its us looking after him. I will mention it to my neighbour tho, she's been interested in getting one.

Emma142 May 29th, 2009 12:44 PM

Aslan, thank you for the tip. Unfortunately I'm in the UK, so I can't visit, but I will definitely try to contact them.

How do you find out how to look after an animal like a squirrel or a chinchilla? Presumably they have quite specific needs, don't they?

aslan May 29th, 2009 01:12 PM

When we found our first little squirrel we called a rescue to ask for help. They couldn't take the little one until his eyes opened so they gave us step by step instructions on feeding, coaxing pottie etc. As for the Chinchilla, they are becoming quite common here as pets. Mine was bought from a Breeder of show Chinchilla's. You can buy specific foods made for them, they do like treats you just have to be careful on what and how much as they are prone to being sugar junkies. They are litter box trainbable, and they bath in a sand made from lava rock. Google is a wonderful thing.:thumbs up

aslan May 29th, 2009 01:17 PM

Emma here is the link for jungle cat world


Any of the pets members with small children, they have a camp program. The kids stay there, and learn about the animals and help in taking care of them. We sent my oldest nephew there and he just loved it.

Melinda May 29th, 2009 04:41 PM

[QUOTE=Emma142;785046]Aslan, thank you for the tip. Unfortunately I'm in the UK, so I can't visit, but I will definitely try to contact them.

How do you find out how to look after an animal like a squirrel or a chinchilla? Presumably they have quite specific needs, don't they?[/QUOTE]

Emma, I'm a member of a rehabilitation/rescue group in ottawa, and am in touch with them regularly, I personally am not licenced but do contact the ministry with each new animal recieved, I have cages my chins have outgrown and use them for rehabbing, once they are well they are transfered to the rescue in ottawa to be raised with like members of their species so they dont forget what they are.
There are recipes for each wild critter depending on age and species, you learn to keep them on hand along with first aid supplies.

NoahGrey May 31st, 2009 07:39 AM

Toronto Wildlife center is a good one.

type it into your search engine. I wouldn't trust just going on any site on the internet. There are alot of miss information/misleading information on the web.


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