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Thread: British laws on owning exotic pets?

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    GOOGLE IS NOT MY FRIEND.

    I'm trying to find out what pets I can own here in Scotland. Probably won't ever be allowed to get one but I want a marble fox or a grey fox or a red fox or a serval or a margay or a fruit bat or...

    Links to UK fox-breeders please. Also, talk about fancy pets.

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    Get a hamster, I'd be willing to send you mine in a match box if you wish.

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    Hamsters suck. Hamster are geek pets.
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    you're a mentalist who wants a fox as a pet, should you really be judging other peoples choice of pet?

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    Get a ferret.

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    I want a fox as a pet, callum. It's not weird at all. Foxes are beautiful and make nice pets.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SpatulaGeekGirl View Post
    I want a fox as a pet, callum. It's not weird at all. Foxes are beautiful and make nice pets.



    foxes might be nice looking, but they make a noise that must be in the top five of the most horribile animal noises of all time, only just beaten by the peacock.

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    Yes, but that's only when they make noise. Most of the time they're quiet, so who gives a fuck?
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    http://www.vulpes.org.uk/

    This is the UK fox rescue centre in Derbyshire. Call them. They'll tell you if you can/can't/should/shouldnt

    As i understand, you can have them as pets. I also found this bit -

    Foxes as pets?
    Foxes do not make good pets. Sometimes young cubs
    are found apparently abandoned; these are best left
    alone as more often than not the vixen is close by and
    will soon find them. Foxes are wild animals and, even
    if hand-reared, readily revert to their wild habits. Few
    people have the space to accommodate adult foxes
    adequately and, owing to their territorial nature, it is
    very difficult to release a hand-reared fox into the wild.

    So, do you have land for them to roam (they need a hell of a lot more than a dog)?

    Do youlive in an urban area?

    As "cute" as you think, there's more to an animal than making you happy. Could you give it the lifestyle that it needs, not what you want to project on it?

    If it gets free or goes for walks, are farmers likely to shoot at it, even though you know it's "tamed".

    A fox is for life, i guess. And like it says above, if you have enough of it or it becomes a pain, it's gonna hang around with you whatever. And probably wont be able to fend for itself.

    "Cute" is not a fair reason to fulfill your desires.

    I watched a doc on Discovery recently about some bear nut that lived in Alaska, who made friends with the foxes. The thing would approach any humans, which puts the foxes at risk as they're not scaed of humans. Just because you may want to hug and kiss it, doesnt mean anyone else does.

    Ferrets are the way to go. Easy to handle, needs less caring, make good DustBusters. Ugly fooks though, and when they bite ya, its hard to get them off.

    Weigh up the pro's and cons of the lifestlye you can afford any pet.


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    Get a Ferret ..although they are a little smelly.. they are great house pets and extremely funny ... Also they enjoy being secreted in warm body areas during transport. The panic look in the eyes of the people if they suddenly pop out your sleeve or other opening, is extraordinarily funny.

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