‘Thousands’ of dangerous animals kept as pets in UK homes – Telegraph.co.uk

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Starting with an 8ft alligator called Rolex in the 1990s, to a house full of wild cats such as servals and Savannahs in 2016, the 49-year-old has helped care for a wide variety of creatures through rescue work.

The FOI findings revealed that several major cities, including London, Swansea, Stoke, Sheffield, Hull and Portsmouth, were home to unconventional menageries.

Among the more exotic areas is Cornwall, where the council has issued licences for pumas, lynxes, ocelots, lemurs, vipers, ostriches and an assortment of wild cats.

The RSPCA said it was concerned that licences too often focus on protecting the public from harm, rather than on the well-being of the animals themselves.

‘Thousands’ of dangerous animals kept as pets in UK homes – Telegraph.co.uk