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March 16, 2016

Exotic, domesticated, and wild pets

Although the words “exotic” and “wild” are frequently used interchangeably, many people do not fully understand how these categories differ when it comes to pets. It is important to understand the difference between wild and exotic animals and the requirements and responsibilities of owning such animals as pets.

MULLET OVER BY JAMES K. WHITE  |  March 16, 2016


james k whiteHumans are the only animals that can make fists. Primates such as gorillas and chimpanzees have fingers that are too long and thumbs that are too short for fist-making. However, the advantage of proper finger and thumb folding should not deceive any macho human into believing he could whip up on a gorilla, etc.

A human that can bench press 700 pounds is an exceptionally strong person while experts concur that a fully grown male gorilla could bench press 4,000 pounds – with relative ease. Some nectar-feeding bats and the plants on which they feed have become so dependent on each other that the loss of either the plants or the bats would likely doom the dependent plant/animal species to extinction. This relationship is called chiroterophily (pronounced “chiroterophily”).