I would like to use this article to encourage people on the importance of researching all the information they can get to include reading, visiting zoos, and even try and find someone that has an Exotic pet they are thinking of getting.
In the last few years, exotic pets have been taking a rise in popularity, But at the same time, exotic pet deaths and abuse are high also because exotic animals do not do well in our daily lifestyle and for the lack of people being informed of what they are getting into before buying an exotic pet.
People tend to buy these animals on a whim and after they spend from a hundred to thousands of dollars to get them home thinking they will be like their dog or cat and are suddenly exposed to a sudden shock that the pet they just bought is not what they thought it was or would be or that it does not interrelate with them as they thought it would because they saw it on television interrelating with people.
People do not realize or do not understand the many many hours of work it takes to get some exotic pets to interact with humans.
Then it comes to the point of what happens to you when your pet gets mad and bites you.
I know I have been bitten by iguana’s, parrot’s, dogs and cats.
None of these are pleasant when it happens.
People do not think that some times they have are a bad day or they just do not want to be messed with.
In our home in the evening time, our Blue and Gold McCaw will start to bite you when he is tired.
We have an Umbrella Cockatoo that will holler loud when he is tired before his regular bedtime. Every animal has it’s own personality and we have to learn each one we have.
Dealing with any animal is something you have to work on and working with exotics is even harder because of all their special needs and constant overseeing.
I encourage everyone to research everything you can before getting that special pet that you think might want, or if your child says it is just a:
(lizard – spider – snake – bird) I can take care of it, or that parrot that might live to an age of 80 years old and outlive you.
If you would like to ask me anything further please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
About the Author
Born in 1957, I Graduated from Waycross High school in 1976.
After graduation, I served in the Army from 1976-1982.
From 1982 to 1998 I drove a truck, Which I did because I loved to travel and I did this until I received an injury on the job which made me totally disabled.
From 1998 till the present time I have gone on to receive an A.A. Degree in Biblical Studies which I received in 2002.
Since then I spend my time working with my church The Eagles Nest Ministries.
Jennifer B writes
Rodney Foster’s article about the importance of researching what it means to get an exotic pet is so true!
Having volunteered for a parrot rescue, I met many very nice people who had unrealistic expectations about the bird they wanted to adopt.
Keeping exotics, parrots in particular, is a lifestyle commitment.
Perhaps for every YouTube video of a parrot doing something cool, there should be 10 videos of parrots doing uncool things, lol.
Parrots can be awesome, but realistic expectations are crucial to having a good experience!