Sanctuary provides home for unwanted exotic pets

The recent New Brunswick python tragedy that claimed the lives of two http://www.nflshopauthenticonline.com/nike-owen-daniels-jersey-c-1_... boys brings to light the horrific consequences of keeping exotic or wild animals as pets.

A 45 kilogram African rock python escaped its enclosure one night earlier this month and strangled brothers Noah Barthe, 4, and Connor Barthe, 6.

many exotic animal owners forget what wild animals have their instincts. That is something that can never be taken away. You must never forget the intelligence of any creature or its strength. six hectare sanctuary, located in Essa Township, provides refuge to a wide range of unwanted creatures.

of our exotic animals have previously been owned as pets, acquired at a young age, but when maturity hits, they become even more dangerous and harder to handle, says Barros, who adds that and carelessness becomes another issue. Many arrive malnourished, lethargic, weak and full of parasites after living in filth and squalor in tiny cages.

Bear Creek provides a home to cougars, lions, Siberian tigers, bears, wolves, lemurs, primates and parrots. Game Courtney Upshaw Jersey The lame, old and disabled are welcomed, including Annie, the blind llama, Priscilla, an aging and balding black Columbian spider monkey, and Marika, a former lab test monkey.

the llama was half starved and living in two feet of mud when we rescued her, says Barros.

There also Woody the 500 kilogram lion, a backyard pet seized from the Loners Motorcycle Club.

And soon a three legged wolf, Edna the black bear and Cassie the cougar all from Bergeron Exotic Animal Sanctuary will join the eclectic Bear Creek crew. Nine exotics are being transferred to Bear Creek from Bergeron because owner Pat Bergeron, an aging widow, can no longer afford to take care of them.

Barros and Ebner can ignore the call of the wild.

They are wildlife saints, working around the clock building five new enclosures for the Bergeron menagerie. They are in desperate need of funds to help with housing the new residents and meeting the ongoing needs of their ever growing group of castoffs.

than $400 a week is spent on fruit and veggies alone; $450 is shelled out every second day for the carnivores, says Barros, who adds it costs more than $200,000 annually to run the Nike Courtney Upshaw Jersey sanctuary.

Bear Creek, which is open for private tours, receives about $35,000 annually in public donations. One year, vet bills added up to $23,000.

else are these animals to go? What are the choices being euthanized, becoming a rug? We humans created these animals and it is our obligation to look after them. They did not ask to born, says Barros.

dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs have shelters but what about exotics? Bear Creek rescues are the lucky ones. Some have been rescued from owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets, others saved from research facilities or nflshopauthenticonline.com/nike-justin-forsett-jersey-c-1_53_2239.html from being destroyed. Then there the zoo surplus too old, arthritic or imperfect for display.

do cruel, inhumane things and the animals pay the price, says Barros.

She Jeremy Zuttah Jersey and Ebner soldier on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Animals welcome Barros as she wanders the sanctuary, feeding, cleaning, communicating and taking wonderful care of the animals that shouldn be here in the first place.

She comes bearing snacks of homemade cookies or lettuce sandwiches stuffed with figs and peanut butter and drizzled with honey favourites with the primates and bears.

According to Barros, the animals have been bred in captivity and know nothing else. Any enclosure is a far cry from their natural habitat but this is what happens when captive wildlife is unwanted, discarded by humans.

love to release them into their natural habitats but it an impossibility they never been wild or had to hunt or fight for territory. And just where are you going to release a lion? breeding, selling and trading goes on, enticing the uninformed, and a mish mash of municipal and provincial regulations does little to govern exotic animal ownership in Canada, or to protect both humans and dangerous animals.

a baby tiger is cute and cuddly as a newborn but then what happens when they grow into a 700 pound animal? says Barros. She stresses that it cruel to the animal and dangerous for humans to raise big cats and primates as pets.

The volunteer driven sanctuary is working hard to educate the public about the continuing plight of captive exotic animal species, and protecting and respecting the creatures around us.

The recent New Brunswick python tragedy that claimed the lives of two boys brings to light the horrific consequences of keeping exotic or wild animals as pets.

A 45 kilogram African rock python escaped its enclosure one night earlier this month and strangled brothers Noah Barthe, 4, and Connor Barthe, 6.

many exotic animal owners forget what wild animals have their instincts. That is something that can never be taken away. You must never forget the intelligence of any creature or its strength. six hectare sanctuary, located in Essa Game Jeremy Zuttah Jersey Township, provides refuge to a wide range of unwanted creatures.

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