Cindy Huntsman displays Banana, an albino Burmese Python, at her Stump Hill Farm in Massillon, Ohio Wednesday, Aug. 25. Huntsman is among those fighting a deal cut by the Humane Society, Gov. Ted Strickland and leading farm groups that included the promise of an exotic pet ban.
After a standoff between the Humane Society and agriculture interests, Ohio officials are crafting restrictions on the ownership of dangerous wild pets. "It's just a free-for-all in Ohio," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. "Tigers, wolves, bears in a suburban Lorain County community: It is a disaster waiting to happen." Here Huntsman pets a baby Zebra, named Savanah, at her Stump Hill Farm in Massillon, Ohio.
"Mason" rests in his enclosure at the Stump Hill Farm in Ohio. A death in Ohio and attacks elsewhere -- including the maiming of a Connecticut woman by her friend's pet chimpanzee and a 2-year-old Florida girl squeezed to death by her family's python -- highlight that the patchwork of federal, state and local laws on keeping dangerous wild animals at home has holes.
Star the reindeer and her owner, Albert Whitehead, take a break during a stroll through downtown Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, May 23, 2010. The 8-year-old reindeer is the sixth of a line of local pet reindeer, all females named Star, going back nearly 50 years.
Albert Whitehead shows off his pet reindeer Star to a passer-by during a stroll through downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The 8-year-old reindeer is the sixth of a line of local pet reindeers, all females named Star, going back nearly 50 years.
Wilferd Kallhoff, pets his Swedish pig, Joker, at his home in Mountain Home, Ark. Kallhoff, 78, has kept Joker as a pet since the animal was born 18 years ago.
Wilferd Kallhoff, 78, was ticketed for having his Swedish pig, Joker, inside the limits of Mountain Home, Ark. He entered a not-guilty plea and the case is set for trial June 29 in Mountain Home District Court.
Melanie Typaldos' pet capybara, Caplin, cozies up with Neptune, a pet guinea pig. The capybara is a semi-aquatic rodent of South America and stands about 2-feet tall at the shoulder while weighing in at about a hundred pounds.
Carl Johnson III pets Caplin, a capybara, while it goes for a swim in the family pool. Swimming is one of the capybara's favorite activities.
Caplin the capybara shows off its good side after a relaxing swim.
Capybaras need love too as Caplin goes in for a smooch.
Trick or treat! Caplin, shown here in his Halloween costume, would rather have plants and fruits in his basket than candy since capybaras are herbivores.
...isn't always good for the gander. At least not at the World Gander Fighting Championship held in Mokrin, Serbia. The annual event attracts gander owners and their fighting pets from miles around, but the fights, considered part of folklore in northern Serbia, are not extremely aggressive and the fighting animals very rarely get injured.
A fighting goose peers from its enclosure in Mokrin, Serbia as it, and other pet geese, prepares to go beak-to-beak at the World Gander Fighting Championship.
A Savanah Monitor Lizard stands on a rock in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. The Savannah Monitor Lizards are midsized lizards that are sold as pets, but, like many other large lizards, the Savannah Monitor can be aggressive in nature.
Conservationists recently slammed a government plan that would allow Indonesians to keep endangered Sumatran tigers as pets if they give a $100,000 deposit and build a large enough enclosure.
Some pet owners are dog people, some are cat people, and some are pig people. Here are a few of the animals that are starting to move out of the wild and into our homes.