Meet Finnigan! He is currently living at wildcat ridge sanctuary. Finnigan was a former pet, and as many owners come to realize, wildcats were not made to be pets. His previous owners were keeping him in their small apartment, and when Finnigan saw his chance to escape, he ran for his life.
He was found roaming the streets in Portland, Oregon, and surrendered to wildcat ridge sanctuary once he was captured by local animal control. Finnigan now gets to live a quiet, happy life at the sanctuary where he belongs.
Big cat cubs are adorable, cute, cuddly, and usually not very dangerous. However, these cats grow up quickly, and they grow to be very big. While they may not intentionally be trying to maul, kill, or hurt anyone, sometimes they just don’t know their own strength and so we shouldn’t take a chance with them in the first place.
The exotic pet black market is a huge industry estimated at as much as $15 billion a year. The animals are hunted, taken away from their families and natural habitats, and then treated as property. It is incredibly inhumane and unfair to animals and dangerous for the people doing it.
They are often not transported properly, cared for properly, and sold off to the highest bidder regardless of that person’s ability to properly care for them. By owning exotic wild animals, you may be helping to destroy the very animal you claim to love. The best way to combat the black market is to not support it. If there is no one buying illegal exotic animals, then there would be no one selling them.
Lead Image Source : Finnigan/WildCat Ridge Sanctuary.
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