Today in “Well duh!” news: a family purchased a lion cub only to find out that the cub bites, scratches, and urinates in the house! Turns out a wild animal will, you know, act like a wild animal – even if you invite them inside. The Russian family bought the lion cub for their children to play with (what?!) but have since posted an online advertisement to sell the cub. In their plea, stating, “‘Attention! Maximum repost! Lion cub, female, three months old. We bought it for our children, but it turned out that the lion cub can scratch, bite and most importantly pee.” We are shaking our heads hard at this one…

Thankfully, animal lovers saw the online advertisement and reported it to a local animal rescue shelter. The shelter staff stepped in and found out the family was keeping two lion cubs, Tver and Tula. They are now trying to find a suitable home for the duo. Already The Taigan Safari Park has shown interest in taking the two lion cubs.

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Wild animals, even the adorable ones, make terrible pets. We hope that Tver and Tula are placed in an adequate home and hopefully the family has learned their lesson about keeping wild animals as pets

Sadly, it does not look like these wild little ones will ever get the chance to experience life in the wild. We do not know where they came from, but given they have spent their young lives being juggled through homes, instead of training for survival in the wild with their mother, they can’t be released into the wild. This is a horrible shame for these lions, especially considering wild populations are teetering on the brink of extinction.

Unfortunately, this fad of taking animals from the wild to become pets is more common than we’d like to think. The majority of exotic pets are purchased as infants but they become unmanageable and aggressive as they age (after all, they are wild). The desire to own exotic animals is often short-lived, yet it is the exotic animals who suffer in the long run. It’s estimated that over 5,000 tigers reside in U.S. homes; that’s more tigers in captivity than there are left in the wild. Born Free USA has documented over 2,000 attacks, incidents and escapes involving exotic pets since 1990.

Exotic animals require stringent and specialized diets that are essential to their well-being. When their needs are not met, the animals wind up malnourished and develop illnesses and disease. Further, many exotic pet owners are not prepared to provide full grown tigers, lions, bears with tens of pounds of raw meat and primates with the appropriate diet.

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Protecting the wild populations of any species does not entail keeping them held captive as pets. Instead, we must continue to dissuade the public from buying exotic animals in an effort to reduce the demand that is currently fueling the illegal wildlife trade. If you are looking for a pet, consider adopting one of the millions of domestic animals waiting for homes in shelters. It is our responsibility to keep wild animals wild.

Image Source: Simon Eeman/Shutterstock

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