Better protection sought for Thailand’s helmeted hornbill
BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow...
Dozens of exotic pets, many dead, found in Ames apartment
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in central Iowa say they have seized more than three dozen exotic pets and found another 60-plus dead in an Ames apartment.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A big African cat has been prowling around Virginia's largest city.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that animal control officials say the serval cat roamed...
Police: Exotic birds worth $15,000 stolen from pet store
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say exotic birds equaling a total of $15,000 were stolen from a Connecticut pet store this week.
New Haven police say the call came in early Tuesday when a newspaper delivery man noticed a pried-open door at a pet store. The Connecticut Post reports that responding officers found scattered pet food and colorful bird feathers strewn about the store.
Exotic pet store offers education and opportunity
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — If you've ever wanted a pet monkey, you're in luck.
Mike Freedstover, owner of MC's Exotic Pets, a pet store that opened last month in downtown Lewiston's Newberry Square, can help you select the type of monkey to get, obtain the required permit and get one in for you.
But first, he'll probably try to talk you out of it.
Police say armed repairman shoots, kills attacking monkey
SHALLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in a coastal North Carolina town say a repairman won't face charges after he fatally shot a pet monkey that escaped and attacked a woman.
A Shallotte police detective told The Charlotte Observer Friday evening that the snow monkey escaped a backyard cage and "went bananas," biting the woman and scratching her arms and legs.
Florida cracking down on potential exotic pets
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Yellow anaconda snakes, mongooses and bush-tail possums could soon be officially banned in Florida.
Those animals were among more than a dozen unwelcome species the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed to ban on Thursday under a proposed plan to stop the spread of non-native predators.
Wildlife group: Exotic pets trade activity rises on Facebook
BANGKOK (AP) — A wildlife monitoring group says research it has conducted since 2016 has found a sharp increase in the number of people belonging to Facebook groups in Thailand where endangered animals are bought and sold.
Officer captures python in homeowner’s yard
AVON, Conn. (AP) — An officer with the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police has gone head to head with an escaped python.
Authorities say Officer Edward Yescott was called to a home in Avon Saturday for a report of a jungle carpet python sunning itself in the homeowner's yard.
Jungle carpet pythons are native to Australia, and they can grow up to 7 feet (2 meters) in length.
Sioux Falls exotic pet ordinance to be revisited
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls animal control officials are working to update the city's exotic pet ordinance, saying the rule is broad and needs clarification.
Local reptile owners grew concerned earlier this month after Animal Control visited a Sioux Falls family to notify them their snakes weren't allowed in city limits, the Argus Leader reported.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh no! County bans exotic pets
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Hedgehogs dodged the chopping block, but a Virginia county is putting an end to residents adopting a variety of exotic animals as pets.
The Arlington County Board on Tuesday voted to prohibit keeping exotic animals as pets. Existing exotic pets are exempt from the ban, but residents will be required to register them with the local animal welfare league.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A tabby feline with big furry claws, bald cats with shell-like ears and skinny tails, and slobbery wrinkled pugs were the stars as Bucharest hosted a show featuring over 1,600 exotic pets.
The pet show in the Romanian capital kicked off with a free dog handling session for some of the 1,500 dogs. Owners proudly paraded their pets at the March 10-12 event or entered them into beauty contests.
Police: Man killed snake outside of pet store during spat
LODI, N.J. (AP) — Police say a snake was killed soon after it was purchased at a pet store in New Jersey.
Police tell NorthJersey.com (http://bit.ly/2jYUhtf) a man killed the albino corn snake after arguing with his son outside of NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi on Saturday.
Q&A: What’s changed since exotic animals let loose in Ohio
When a suicidal man released dozens of lions, tigers and bears from his Ohio farm in 2011, the state's rules on exotic animals were among the weakest in the nation.
No one had any idea how many exotic pets were living in backyard cages and barns across the state. New restrictions took effect within a year.
Tuesday marks five years since Terry Thompson released his 50 animals before he killed himself. Authorities in Zanesville killed nearly all of the animals out of fear for public safety.