8 Terrible Pets

When most people think of pets they think of cuddly cats or dogs. Not everyone is big on normal cats and dogs though and want more exotic animals like lions and wolves.

This list of 8 terrible pets may contain graphic content that some may find disturbing.

  1. Monkeys

Monkeys may be cute and you may think of them as babies but they are wild animals and can become dangerous pets.

A 200lb pet chimpanzee mauled his owner’s friend who he had known for years. Most of her face was torn apart and the chimp ended up being shot by police after he assaulted an officer. Charla Nash who was 55 at the time of the attack was treated at Stamford Hospital, she lost her eyelids, nose, lips, and hands because of the attack.

The owner, Sandra Herold was 70 and had raised Travis, the chimpanzee, like he was one of her own children. He never had a history of violence before and it’s not clear what prompted the attack, although Charla Nash had shown up with a different hairstyle which may have confused him thinking she was an intruder.

Below is the 911 call, it may be disturbing to some people.

  1. Lion

Lions may seem like oversized, cute kitties, but they are dangerous and wild animals. Some people think that they can handle the responsibility of having a pet lion and never think they will attack them but they will.

A European family, who are proud owners of a pet lion, was shooting a documentary when their lion attacked a member of the production crew. The family has owned the lioness since it was a cub and it roams the house where it lives. The poor man who was attacked managed to survive with some deep bite marks. The owners were able to pull the lioness off of the victim but not before she pinned him down and started to chew on him.

  1. Venomous Snakes

Not owning a pet poisonous snake may seem like common sense, but there are a lot of people who believe that they can handle them. Chances are the worst will happen eventually.

Anita Finch was 33 when she was found dead in her living room where she was curled up in a fetal position with a note that said “Northridge hospital ask for ICU (intensive care unit.)” She had 2 puncture wounds on the back of her hand. The puncture wounds suggest that the attack came from a rare foot-long Gaboon viper which finch owned. The Gaboon viper has the longest fangs of any snake, they can grow up to 2 inches which enables them to pump venom deep into the veins of their prey.

Finch had 11 caged serpents, 6 piranhas and several goldfish in her trailer. Authorities confiscated and euthanized 4 rattlesnakes, a hognosed sand viper, and 2 copperhead snakes. They also found gopher and king snakes. Finch had a habit of handling her snakes by hand which is very dangerous according to experts. She believed that she was immune to the venom. A bite from one of the vipers is usually fatal within 15 minutes.

  1. Bears

Enclosure that held bear which mauled Kelly Anne Walz
Enclosure that held bear which mauled Kelly Anne Walz

Bears are the type of animals that can go from friendly to vicious out of nowhere, especially if they are hungry or have cubs nearby. Black bears will generally leave you alone if you leave them alone, however, a caged bear is never a good idea.

Kelly Ann Walz was one of those people who thought that she could have a caged bear and nothing bad would happen. She was 37 when she was pronounced dead from the black bear attack in the Pocono Mountains, about 20 miles northeast of Allentown, PA. Her husband Michael Walz had a license to keep and sell exotic animals however his license was expired at the time. They also kept a lion, cougar, jaguar, tiger, leopard, and 2 servals along with the black bear on their property.

Kelly Ann Walz went into the bear’s 15 by 15 foot steel and concrete cage about 5 pm on a Sunday. She threw a shovelful of dog food to one side to distract the bear so that she could clean the other side of the cage. The bear turned on her and attacked. Her children and some neighborhood children saw the bear attack and called for help, a neighbor shot the bear while it was on top of Walz.

  1. Deer

Deer are beautiful (and delicious) animals, however they are wild animals and should be treated accordingly. Some people want to live with their deer and raise them as domesticated pets, deer can become violent especially males during mating season and they can become deadly because of it.

67 year old Gerald Rushton had a pet European Red Stag along with other animals that he kept on his property. When he entered the Stag’s pen to feed the 550 pound deer when it became aggressive and charged at Rushton. He was pinned against a fence and gored several times then trampled. The stag was killed at an attempt to save Rushton, however he was already dead.

  1. Wolves/Dog Hybrid

Sandra Piovesan with her hybrid wolf/dog
Sandra Piovesan with her hybrid wolf/dog

Wolves are incredibly dangerous, some people believe that breeding a wolf with a dog will take out the wild side however this isn’t always the case.

Sandra L. Piovesan was one of these people, she bred hybrid wolf dogs and had a pack of 9 that she treated like children. She was very devoted to her pets and once told a neighbor that they gave her “unqualified love.”

She was 50 when she was found in a caged enclosure in her backyard which was home of her pack of 9 half wolves, half dogs. She fed them roadkill and neighbors would complain about the smell along with the noise that the hybrid dogs caused. The autopsy showed that she suffered from multiple soft tissue injuries.

All dogs can turn on their owners, especially if they are mistreated, wolf dog hybrids should only be bred and raised by people who know what they are doing to cut down on attacks.

A license is required to breed wolves and wolf hybrids, Piovesan did not have one. The hybrid wolves were put down after the attack.

  1. Spiders

Pet Spider Kills Owner
Pet spider kills owner

A lot of people are terrified of spiders, others love them. Owning dangerous spiders is a bad idea, if I had to remind anyone.

Mark Voegel, who was 30, was found dead in his Dortmund Germany apartment. He was found draped in spider webs and more than 200 spiders, snakes, thousands of termites, and a gecko. All of the critters were eating his corpse. Neighbors were concerned by a terrible stench coming from the apartment so they called the authorities.

Voegel owned a black widow named Bettina who is thought to be the blame for the deadly bite. Authorities described the apartment as a zoo and jungle, Voegel would not let anyone visit.

According to a police spokesman the scene was

“Like a horror movie. His corpse was over the sofa. Giant webs draped him, spiders were all over him. They were coming out of his nose and mouth. There was everything there one could imagine in the world of reptiles. Larger pieces of flesh torn off by the lizards were scooped up and taken back to the webs of tarantulas and other bird-eating spiders.”

His corpse wasn’t found until 7-14 days later.

  1. Camel

Peggy McNair and Mark Mere were trampled by an angry camel
Peggy McNair and Mark Mere were trampled by an angry camel

A camel as a pet may not seem much different as some other farm animals, however, they can be dangerous especially during mating season.

73 year old Peggye McNair and her companion, 53 year old Mark Mere from Wichita Falls, Texas were trampled to death after the camel became enraged. The camel was allegedly in heat and wanted to mate at the time of the tragic deaths. The camel charged at McNair and Mere after it became angry, the owner of the farm attempted to close the gate but the camel managed to escape.

Both victims were dead when the police arrived on the scene, they had severe head injuries. It took deputies several minutes to move the camel to another location. Peggye had been raising camels for over 2 decades. She believed that if she raised the camels with loving care they would not be dangerous, unfortunately that wasn’t true. The camel that trampled the couple was put down which outraged the community who thought it was wrong that the camel was put down for acting as a wild animal.

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3 thoughts on “8 Terrible Pets

  • November 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This article makes me sad. All of those animals shouldn’t have been pets. People need to understand the difference between a wild animal and a pet. The video of the woman screaming at police to shoot her chimp is heartbreaking. It wasn’t his fault he attacked!

  • June 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I want a lion


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