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Looking On The Bright Side of Pets

The Great Contribution of The Humane Society of the United States

Every year, portions of the United States knowledge hurricane season. Some regions might only get a little bit of rain, while others might be decimated by storms.

The really scary component is that nobody understands for sure precisely how a storm will behave till it hits. Tropical storms can get rid of entire towns, causing many to lose their houses.

The state and federal governments have aid organizations, like FEMA, whose positions it is to reply when natural disasters strike. These help organizations support people outside of harm’s way.

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Ocelot Facts

4-1-8The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) belongs to the Leopardus genus of the Felidae family. Its geographical range spans the southern United States, Central America, and South America. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including rainforests and grasslands.

Facts about Ocelots

An ocelot is about 2.5 to 3-feet long and weighs about 8 to 10 kg. It is twice the size of a house cat and has a 1 to 1.5-feet long tail. Its front paws are relatively larger as compared to its back paws. Its coat can be gray, cream, or reddish brown in color, and has various patterns of black spots or rosettes (or bands or stripes that develop as a result of merging of spots) on it. At the same time, its tail is covered by black bands.

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Ocelot Habitat

4-1-7According to the International Species Information Service, only 217 ocelots exist in the world; out of these 108 are in the U.S. After a brief stint in the list of ‘endangered animals’ between 1972 and 1996, the species is now graded as ‘at lower risk of extinction’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). While there do exist signs of ocelot population recovering, the unabated destruction of their native habitat continues to be a threat.

Ocelot Distribution and Habitat

Ocelots are found in forested areas at elevations as high as 1,200 meters (3,900 ft) in the southern United States as well as Central and South America. There is no characteristic location that can be described as ocelot habitat, as they are found in diverse ecosystems, including rainforests, montane forests, thick bush, semi-deserts, coastal marsh, and also along river banks.

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Wild Animals as Pets

4-1-6The practice of keeping wild animals – such as lions, tigers, elephants, wolves, alligators and huge snakes, as pets can be traced back to ancient times wherein keeping such wild pets was considered a status symbol amongst the rich. While the practice continues even today, it is no more restricted to the rich as it was back then. Illegal trade, backyard breeding and auction of exotic animals has made it a lot easy to keep them as pets. Right from spiders and scorpions to considerably large primates and even some big cats, the list of wild animals sought by pet enthusiasts is quite lengthy. But is it wise to keep these animals as pets? Wildlife enthusiasts are strictly against this concept, and cite several reasons to refrain from it.

Why Wild Animals Don’t Make Good Pets?

Wild animals are those species whose behavior is such that they cannot co-exist with humans, and that definition in itself is one of the most prominent reasons as to why you should refrain from keeping them as pets. It is very difficult to care for these animals as their basic requirements in terms of food, habitat or other attributes of their life, are quite high. It doesn’t take much time for the adorable young ones of these wild species to grow into large and strong adults. With their instinctive behavioral traits – such as biting and scratching, they can easily end up harming humans even when they don’t intend to do so. There have been several instances of captive bred wild animals attacking their owners or unleashing havoc in the neighborhood. Even animals which are not large in size can demonstrate destructive behavior at times. While monkeys are most sought after wild pets, you get to see a drastic change in their behavior as they start growing. In fact, they don’t even hesitate from biting you when they feel threatened.

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Overwhelmed by the Complexity of Pets? This May Help

Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

If you contemplate selecting a dog trainer to train your pet, only remember one thing; to search for a trusted one. You should avoid individuals who claim that they are the greatest however they have no idea what they’re referring to. Select a dog trainer, you wish to be completely sure that you locate a puppy trainer with quality experience.

Experience is a major concern. Don’t measure the skills of a dog trainer based on his number of years in the occupation. Instead, judge a trainer by what he has done in the ‘Dog World,’ rather than the length of time he has been doing it. Hire a dog trainer who has real, hard-core experience in the dog world. For example: he should participate in continuing-education and he’s worked or trained under several of the many outstanding dog trainers in United States, or in Europe. Find a dog trainer with quality experience as mentioned in the introduction.

Avoid group classes. When professional trainers train their own dogs, they never get it done in a group setting. It’s always one on one. There are simply too many interruptions for a new puppy in a bunch class.

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