Originally Posted by catsknowme
Bears are food-aggressive; in our area, bears feeding in dumpsters became very aggressive because they want the people-food all to themselves. This could have happened in the wild just the same as in the town. The owners should have realized that and taken more precautions to prevent this mishap. I, for one, vote that the owner be required to attend a Responsible-Exotic-Ownership class - led by Amber!! Amber's common sense approach is really the only solution, and it is a solution that works great! What is sad is that dogs kill & maim far more people than exotics ever have, yet the bias against exotics is so grave. For instance, a librarian in Nashville was killed by one of 4 dogs, yet I didn't hear a thing about it until I read a follow-up article (while visiting TN)about a forensics expert making bite-mark-castings on all the dogs to determine the actual killer - now, had that been a mountain lion who killed the librarian, the media would have broadcast globally
This is so true and thank you for the kind words
I guess they have been in business for something like 28 years and never had problems, except for a fox getting out. From what I am hearing now, he does have a perimeter fence up, but had to remove a section to bring in some large cage panels. They didn't get the perimeter section back up. This one mistake got him. However, if they had other safety features, such as a double door entry and a lockout, this again, would not have happened, even with the perimeter section missing. The woman who got bit is going to be ok. I can't tell you how much this is bothering me at the moment. I was just outside spending time with Carmelo hoping and praying that no ban laws come from this. I doubt this guy really loves his animals, to him, it is just business. For me, my cats, both exotic and domestic, are a huge part of my life and I can not begin to describe the love and bond we share with them. Carmelo had a sad look on his face, as if he knew something was bothering me. Like I have said, our exotics form a very strong bond with us.