Owning Endangered And Exotic Animals As Pets Is Trending In Russia

A viral video sparked controversy this week for recording a young Russian man taking his pet tiger to swim in a lake in the Rostov region. The video quickly caused outrage across social media, highlighting Russia’s relaxed laws regarding exotic pets.

The footage was made public a few weeks after another video went viral showing a Russian man walking his pet crocodile to a beach in the Black Sea. Other recent videos circulating social media show Russian pet owners at their homes with bears, lynxes, and foxes.

Beyond the obvious concern that these wild animals could be dangerous to the owners and other people, there are no binding laws ensuring the animal’s welfare, either. Many fear that the growing trend in exotic pets will encourage businesses to work with poachers.

While some Russian lawmakers have tried to impose restrictions on exotic pets, there are currently no laws prohibiting them.

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Pets You Should NEVER Release In The Wild!

Check out these pets you should never release in the wild! From goldfish to other wild animals, these exotic pets become an invasive species and get the wildlife into trouble!

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10. Green Iguanas
Iguanas are a popular pet for collectors of exotic animals because of how cute they look and supposedly they are easy to take care of. Unfortunately the idea that they are simple to look after was likely spread by those who sell them, because they actually need a strict environment and diet to survive. They can also be difficult to tame and handle, especially when they are fully grown, and this has led to a large number being released into the wild.
They are naturally from central and south America, and thrive in warm environments. This has meant that those released in similar climates, such as those found in parts of California, Florida and Hawaii, have thrived and begun to breed. This has been detrimental to the local ecosystems where they compete with native species for food, and will prey on species that haven’t adapted to deal with these kind of threats. As a result, Iguanas are illegal to own in Hawaii because of the potential devastation and havoc they can cause on the islands. In Florida, the populations of feral iguanas have caused extensive damage to vegetation and local wildlife, so if you do decide to get one please be a responsible owner and don’t release them into the wild!.
9. Cuban Tree Frog
These cute frogs are a favorite of exotic species collectors, but the Cuban Tree Frog is causing serious issues across Florida. They are quite difficult to identify among other frog species, something that is made even more difficult by the way that they can change color. They are originally native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, and are thought to have been first introduced to Florida in the 1920’s. It’s the recent popularity of keeping them as pets, though, that has led to an explosion in their numbers in the wild as a result of collectors releasing them.
Cuban Tree Frogs are an aggressive species that feed on at least five different species of native Floridian frogs, as well lizards, small snakes and tadpoles. They are also able to survive in urban areas, and will take over birdhouses, ponds and birdbaths where they lay their eggs. They have been responsible for massive changes in the ecosystem, and have even been known to affect humans by causing power outages?? They are a danger to environments where they aren’t native, and so must not be released under any circumstances.
8. Rabbits
Rabbits are another incredibly popular pet for owners around the world, but when they are released into non-native environments they can cause serious damage. The best example of this is in Australia where they were released for hunting in 1859. Only 24 were set free, but by 1920 there were an estimated 10 billion across the country. There have been numerous attempts to curb the population growth, but with their speed of breeding, ability to feed on most vegetation, and overall resilience, rabbits still roam Australia in huge numbers and pose a threat to many of the natural species like the bilby and burrowing bettong by taking over their burrows.
7. Goldfish/Carp
They may seem harmless enough, and are a popular pet for adults and children alike around the world, but releasing your pet fish into the wild can have disastrous consequences for your local environment. Nowhere has this effect been seen more clearly than in Australia where the problem has gotten out of hand. Notorious for their strict rules on bio-containment, it’s why Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got in trouble for allegedly sneaking in their dogs. The Australians have good reason for being that way.
In 2016 researchers from the Murdoch University in Perth caught goldfish that weighed up to 2kg and were up to 30 centimeters long. These large animals are thought to have descended from a small variety that were being kept as pets and released into the wild a few years before. By feeding on more food and disrupting the ecosystems, these fish can spread and cause significant damage by off all the native species. Goldfish the size of dinner plates have also been found in Alberta, Canada, and have led to fines of $100,000 dollars to those that release non-native species into the wild.
Angler Raphael Biagini captured a legendary “giant goldfish” out of a lake in the south of France. Fellow fishermen had spent 6 years trying to capture this orange koi carp weighing 30lbs. The only way this fish ended up in the lake, was because someone was trying to get rid of it.

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10 World Famous Exotic Pets

Living with exotic pets can really boost your street credit, but it comes with some hidden costs. These are 10 of the craziest exotic pets people let live in their homes.

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10 Pet Animals Who ATE Their Owners

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Mark Voegel, 30, was found dead in his Dortmund, Germany apartment. His body was draped in spider webs and more than 200 spiders, several snakes, thousands of termites, and a gecko were feasting on his corpse. His black widow, Bettina, is believed to have administered the deadly bite. He was dead for somewhere between seven and fourteen days when his corpse was found.

Kelly Ann Walz was mauled to death by her pet black bear. Kelly reportedly had a pet black bear, an African Lion and a Bengal Tiger, all of which she kept in cages at her home. Walz was cleaning out the cage, had her back turned to the bear after giving it some dog food when it attacked her. Kelly Ann Walz was 37 years old.

A 44-year-old woman died after being bitten by one of her venomous snakes. Her modest, unassuming two-story house was home to at least nine poisonous snakes and more than a dozen other snakes, lizards and alligators.

An Australian woman was killed by a pet camel given to her as a 60th birthday present after the animal apparently tried to have sex with her. The 10-month-old animal knocked Pam Weaver to the ground, stomped on her head and then lay on top of her at her sheep and cattle property near Mitchell.

66 year old Norman Buwalda from Ontario was mauled to death by his 300 kg pet tiger. He was the chairman of the Canadian Exotic Animal Owner’s Association, and actively fought for the right to keep dangerous big cats as pets. Buwalda entered the cage of one of his pet tigers alone, and for some unknown reason it attacked and killed him.

A Hardin County man who kept exotic animals was apparently attacked and killed by a pet African lion. He didn’t lock a gate between the lion’s large enclosure and a smaller pen where the animal should have been moved while the area was being cleaned.

Sandra L. Piovesan bled to death after being mauled by a pack of nine wolf dogs that she had raised as pets and was so devoted to that she once told a neighbor they “give me unqualified love.” Shw was found in a caged rectangular enclosure in her backyard, home for nine half-wolves, half-dogs .

A man was killed by his own pet bull a day before his 53rd birthday after being attacked by the ‘temperamental’ animal. Ricky Weinhold was attacked by the one-ton bull on a farm where he leased barn space in Wernersville, northwest of Philadelphia.

A Slovenian who saved his three dogs from being put down for attacking humans was himself mauled to death by them. The three dogs bit their 52-year-old owner to death in Ljubljana.

A man has become the first person in the US to be killed by a pet boa constrictor. Cory Byrne died after the 9ft-long snake wrapped itself around his shoulders and neck, strangling him.

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Could A Sticker Detect Sexual Assault?

Could a sticker detect sexual assault?

Manisha Mohan, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, created the Intrepid, a “smart sticker” that attaches to any piece of clothing. The Intrepid can sense when a person is being undressed and then message the wearer to see if the action was consensual. The wearable tech has an accompanying mobile app to manage settings.

If there’s no response in 30 seconds, an alarm sounds. After another 20 seconds, it messages up to five pre-selected contacts with the user’s location and calls one contact and records the audio for evidence that could later be used in court or with police.

The design was based on input from hundreds of people, including sexual assault survivors.

Mohan hopes that this device can stop sexual assaults before they happen.

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