Pet monkeys such as capuchins, chimpanzees, and baboons are cute but can rampage without warning. They may transmit diseases through bites, making them a risky choice.
Owning large carnivorous reptiles like monitors can be dangerous. They need ample space and may bite, causing deep tissue wounds and infections.
Animal experts ranked various animals based on their suitability as pets, with some surprising results. Bears are an example of animals that are not great pets.
Large cats like cougars, lions, tigers, and leopards are often kept as pets, but they are strong and dangerous. Declawing causes pain and nerve damage, and their crushing jaw pressure can be deadly.
Wolfdogs, may possess an independent and unpredictable nature, leading to problematic behaviors. Not all wolfdogs have issues, but it's hard to predict which ones will.
Owls are predators with sharp talons and beaks, capable of attacking humans if threatened. Proper care requires regular talon and beak maintenance, as well as a steady supply of frozen prey.
Don't get a pet bison - they eat 24 pounds of grass a day.
Choose a non-venomous pet snake to avoid endangering yourself and others, as venomous snakes can be deadly and antivenom may not always be available.
Due to their size, elephants can accidentally harm people and require professional handling. They have also been known to intentionally kill their trainers/owners.
Prairie dogs are rodents, not dogs, and are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Don't take them from the wild.