Where the Wild Things are Pets
STORIES OF WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE LIVING IN HARMONY… MAYBE.
By: Amanda Keuler
This multimedia story explores exotic and wild animals playing the part of domestic pets in homes. Each chapter goes beyond the cages and into the worlds of the owners, veterinarians and law enforcement to learn the truth about owning these animals as pets.
Exotic pet owners are just as unique as their animals. Each person has their own story. Listen to the story about a girl, her pet monkey and the realities of owning an exotic animal in a home.
Featured in this story: JohnieSue Thurman, founder of the Haven Zoo, which takes in displaced exotic animals including large cats, birds and sloths. Thurman has worked with exotic animals in the Atlanta area for over 14 years, caring for various species.
Since 2016, 440 exotic animal incidents (including the illegal possession animals, abandoned and escaped animals, and attacks resulting in animal/human injury or deaths) were reported in the United States, according to a report from Born Free USA.
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This story is a final class project for EM Digital Storytelling (JRMC 7012) and provides a full digital story experience. To experience the story, click the link below: