Many people have pets. Dogs and cats make up the majority of animals who live with people. Some people insist on keeping wild animals as pets. These animals might seem to be tamed or harmless, or maybe they are just waiting for the right moment to attack their owners.
June 10, 2020, A woman in Halifax, Nova Scotia was simply walking her dog when the white pit bull decided he didn’t want to walk anymore. Evidently, he thought it would be more fun to attack his owner. The dog killed his owner, then bolted from the scene.
The news quickly spread and a passing motorist saw the dog and ran it down with his car. He said “I’m glad I came across the dog and took care of it because it really bothered me to think about what else could have happened to the people that didn’t know this was going on, so I’m very thankful,”
A Black Bear as a Pet? What could possibly go wrong?
Kelly Ann Walls had several exotic pets, including a black bear. A black bear as a pet? What could possibly go wrong? She was feeding the bear dog food and was in the process of cleaning out his cage. She turned her back on the bear, and he decided to eat her instead of the dog food. Neighbors saw the attack and called the police, but when they arrived, it was too late. Maybe she should have read her own sign “Don’t feed the bears.”
Pam Weaver received a pet camel on her 60th birthday.
This camel was only 10 months old and weighed about 330 pounds. I’m not sure if this camel was one hump or a two hump, but the camel decided to hump Pam.
He didn’t ask her for a date or bring her flowers or anything like that. He just wanted to skip all of that stuff. Yes, that’s right, he wanted to have sex with her. The camel jumped on top of Pam and knocked her to the ground, then he straddled her to the point where she couldn’t breathe. I guess you could say, he loved her to death.
50% wolf, 50% dog, 100% hungry.
It didn’t turn out well when Sandra Piovesan decided to raise a pack of 9 animals. Half-wolf and half-dog hybrids. She kept the pack of animals in a large cage, the only problem was, she was in the cage with them.
Her body was discovered by her ex-husband who was contacted by his daughter when Sandra didn’t show up for a scheduled meeting. The Wolf-dogs had Sandra for lunch.
Ferrets like babies.
In Missouri, a couple and their newborn baby lived in a house with a pet ferret. Late at night, the baby started crying. Nothing unusual about that. The couple figured that the baby was probably hungry, but what they didn’t know was, it was the ferret who was hungry.
When they went to check on the baby, they discovered a lot of blood in the crib, along with the pet ferret, who had already eaten 7 of the baby’s fingers. The baby was rushed to the hospital and survived the attack. The baby-eating ferret was killed. Just as a public service announcement, parents, if you have babies at home, don’t have a ferret as a pet.
Snakes in New York
Some people just don’t seem to have any common sense. A couple kept more than 75 shakes in their home. One of the snakes was a black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in the world. The snakes were kept in glass aquariums and acrylic snake pens. It seems that the snake pen with the black mamba was left unlocked and the snake got out.
Aleta Stacey, the snake’s owner located the snake when it bit on her forearm. The snake is known for its venom because nearly 100 percent of bite victims will die within 20 minutes if not treated. For some unknown reason, Stacey never called for help, and of course, she died.
Don’t monkey around with monkeys.
In 2019, A pig-tailed Macaque (Makak) monkey turned on its owners who were trying to get him to climb trees and retrieve coconuts in Malaysia.
Evidently, there is an actual thing there called “Monkey School” where they train monkeys as coconut pickers. This has been going on for more than 100 years. And you thought your job sucked, how would you like to be an instructor at “monkey School,” and teach monkeys how to pick coconuts? I doubt if they are paid very much.
Maybe this particular monkey confused coconuts with the owner’s bald head, or maybe he just decided to quit his job, and rather than give a two-week notice, he simply killed his owner by biting him in the neck. I don’t think we will even know, since the monkey was fired on the spot.
Crocodile gets evicted.
In January 2019 in Indonesia, a woman named Deasy Tuwo was illegally
keeping a crocodile that she named “Merry.” She fed the croc like a pet, giving him chicken. One day while feeding the croc, she lost her footing and fell into the pool.
I guess the crocodile got tired of eating chicken and decided to try Indonesian women. He ate her hand and most of her midsection. His meal was interrupted when the police along with conservation officials captured the crocodile and moved him to a wildlife rescue center.
They retrieved what was left of Deasy, and I assume gave her a proper burial. As far as I know, the crocodile went back to eating chicken again.
In India, there is a particular political party that has an elephant for a mascot. It so happens that a politician named “Ram Verma” owned a pet elephant that he used as a gimmick. He would take the elephant with him on campaign speeches. In 2003, the elephant was having a bad day, or maybe he just didn’t agree with Verma’s political ideology, and he became agitated and started acting out.
Verma tried to discipline the elephant without much success. He hit the elephant with a metal rod and somehow got it stuck in the elephant’s ear. This action only makes the elephant more aggressive.
To the delight of the opposite party, the elephant mascot stomped the living shit out of Verma leaving him graveyard dead. The police opened fire with more than 200 bullets, killing the elephant.
You might think that this action would be detrimental to the political party involved, but they ended up winning the election.
Humphrey the Hippo kills his owner.
In South Africa, a farmer named Marius Els kept a pet hippopotamus who he named Humphrey. Humphrey was quite famous, having been featured on the news and in many videos on You-Tube.
Marius said that Humphrey was “like a son” to him. He was warned by many people that keeping a hippo for a pet was very dangerous. In Fact, Hippos are considered the most dangerous animal in Africa, killing more people than any other animal.
Nevertheless, Marius often played with Humphrey, riding on his back, brushing his teeth. The hippo would come when called, just like a dog, but unlike a dog, Humphrey weighed about 2000 pounds.
Marius was reported to say “It’s a little bit dangerous, but I trust him with my heart that he will not harm anybody.” Well, I guess Marius was wrong about that statement. One day while swimming with Humphrey, Marius became a human chew toy, as the hippo mauled his “father figure owner” to death.
Cynthia Lee Gamble found dead in her tiger’s cage.
A 500-pound Bengal tiger in Minnesota mauled and killed Cynthia, who edited and wrote wildlife documentaries and was involved in television and feature films. Cynthia Gamble had kept tigers on her property for at least a decade and they had never caused problems.
Tammy Quist, executive director at Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota, said authorities called her to come to the scene with a tranquilizer gun. “We were notified by the sheriff when we arrived that she was already gone.”
You know, it only takes one mistake to turn a large exotic cat situation into a deadly outcome. Gamble was the operator of the Center for Endangered Cats, a for-profit USDA-licensed facility that breeds and sells tigers.
If an expert like Cynthia gets killed by her large exotic cat, then the average person doesn’t stand a chance. They are called “Wild Animals” for a reason. Trying to tame a wild animal is like a car accident, looking for an intersection. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” before your exotic wild animal turns and kills you.
Some camping advice
These animal stories remind me of some camping advice I was given as a kid. I was told, whenever you go camping, bring a friend for safety. In other words, never go camping alone. While choosing a camping friend, just make sure you can beat them in a foot race. You don’t have to run faster than a bear, just run faster than your friend.