NETFLIX’S Tiger King sparked an increase in purposes for UK permits to maintain huge cats, crocs and even elephants as pets.
Figures present the variety of Harmful Wild Animal licences soared after the hit present aired final yr — with 210 granted for 3,951 unique wild animals from throughout the globe.
They included 11 lions, eight tigers, 11 leopards, 18 pumas, ten cheetahs, two ligers and a jaguar.
There have been additionally 150 lemurs, 158 crocodiles, over 500 snakes, 332 scorpions and two elephants.
The Born Free Basis bought the figures from councils and needs a overview of possession legal guidelines.
A spokesman mentioned: “They need to put a cease to exceptional however typically lethal animals as pets.”
Vet Dr Mark Jones, Born Free’s Head of Coverage, mentioned: “It’s unbelievable that at the moment, so many harmful animals, together with huge cats, giant primates, crocodiles and venomous snakes, are in personal possession within the UK.
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“Growing demand for every kind of untamed animals as unique pets places homeowners and the broader public prone to harm or illness.
“It additionally leads to severe animal struggling, and the demand will increase the strain on many wild populations which are sometimes already beneath menace.
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