When it comes to reptiles, 90% of these seemingly harmless pets carry and shed salmonella in their feces. While most owners are aware of this fact and clean their cages carefully, this doesn’t stop these cold-blooded critters from defecating outside their confines. Other types of exotic pets can carry diseases like monkeypox and herpes.
Isolated Incident Kills 50 Wild Animals
In a rare, but true story
, a depressed and deranged man in Zanesville, Ohio released dozens of wild animals into the streets before killing himself. Police and other officials were forced to shoot and kill almost 50 animals before they injured or killed people or their pets. Among the dead were:
- 18 tigers
- 17 lions
- 6 black bears
- 2 Grizzly bears
- 3 mountain lions
- 2 wolves
- 1 baboon
It was later leaked that at least one of the primates on the loose was “highly likely” to be infected with the Herpes B virus. Not dangerous to monkeys, but humans can suffer brain damage if exposed to this disease.
Obviously, the chances of you or your pet having a run-in with a Bengal tiger or Grizzly bear is extremely rare. Pets are more likely to have trouble with some of these more common “nuisance animals”
that could be found in your own backyard:
Black Widow Spiders
Fairly reclusive and non-threatening, pets are often bitten when walking through a web or accidentally disturbing them.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Another eight-legged threat to pets, their bite isn’t particularly painful, but it leaves behind a nasty wound that is hesitant to heal.
These little pests aren’t likely to cause more than irritation to sensitive paws and noses, but the pain caused from their bites is brutal.