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  •  Exotic Pets In The News

    Exotic Pets In The News

    Exotic pets on paper seem cool but the reality is that people are trying to make pets of wild animals.  Every state has different laws.  In my home state of Pennsylvania you need to have a permit.  Exotic animals can be crocodiles, alligators, and bears.  I think it's strange.   

    Speaking of exotic cats the cat featured in the picture of this blog is called a "Geoffroy's Cat".  It is an exotic cat the size of an average house cat that comes from South America.  They are beautiful but keep in mind these are wild cats and putting them into a house does not work too well.

    Sometimes animals become the threats to the community. I do not believe that is the animals are the problem in most instances.  Usually it's the owners who do not take care of them. Check out the listing below for your information

    Laws on Exotic Pets for Each U.S. State


    Mom drives through Zanesville, Ohio on her way to visit my Aunt Cathy, Uncle Mark and Cousin Elke.  In 2011 some exotic animals wandered away from their home and headed towards the highway.  Instead of the police officers using tranqulizers to put all of these animals out and redistributing them to zoo's, wild life reserves , etc..they were all killed. Over 49 exotic animals were murdered.   As the result of this the state of Ohio's Exotic Animal laws have been changed.  What's sad is that the couple loved the animals.  They had 77 acres but the animals became overwhelming to take care of.  I wish they could have sold them to zoos and other safe places before many of these animals were killed.'

    Zanesville Animal Massacre Included 18 Rare Bengal Tigers

    In Pennsylvania  “Exotic wildlife" includes all bears, coyotes, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars, wolves and any crossbreed of these animals. The law said that they have to be taken care of.   I think Crocodiles and Alligators are ok too,   Hedgehogs are not.  That always make Mom and I laugh.   

    I always think it is sad that people want these exotic animals and  yet so many cats and dogs get destroyed in shelters everyday.   

    Sometimes the exotic is not the best.   Mom told when she took us to an animal hospital in Pittsburgh one of the coolest Veternarians there, who unfortunately died a few years ago, actually had a pet Mountain Lion.  He brought him into work one day.  Mom thought it was pretty cool. 

    When you think of all of the homeless animals out there perhaps a less exotic pet would be great.  Let's think dogs, cats and bunnies.  Most shelters have tons of us!!


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  • Miss Bala

    Miss Bala


    Bella Gives this:

    2 Paws

    Some movies are good.  Some movies make no sense.  "Miss Bala" was one of those movies.  The movie started with "Gloria" played by Gina Rodriguez.  She was visiting her friend "Suzu"played by Christina Rodlo.  One minute they are in a club enjoying the Mexican Nightlife.   The next minute some gang members start shooting everyone down.

    This is what happened with "Gloria".  She tried to find her friend "Suzu" who disappeared at the night club. When she went to the police to report her encounter with the gang leader, "Lino Esparanza" played by Ismael Cruz Cordova as he and his crew entered the nightclub through the women's room bathroom and cornered her.  The police officer dropped her off to the "Lino" and he forced her to break the law and the movie began. 

    This movie was filled with action but not to much of a story.  Eventually to get her friend out of the clutches of "Chief Saucedo" she entered the "Miss Bala" contest . If she would win she would go to Chief Saucedo's private party. 

    There were lots of subplots but the movie was boring.  After a while it got boring to watch "Gloria" get into more trouble. What's scary is that this movie is a remake of another movie so it was made twice. 

    The cast wasn't horrible and in fact, Anthony Mackie more known for his work with "The Avengers"and "Real Steel" ended up as a CIA agent in the movie who was under cover.

    I would save your money and go see "Green Book", "The Upside" or even "Bohemian Rhapsody" if you haven't seen it already.


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