EXOTIC PETS

People, mostly travellers, often have strange pets. Occasionally a lady is seen riding about the West End of London, or Paris, with a young lion in her car, and one such was frequently seen in London a few years ago, which behaved very much like a nightmare-sized kitten. Until recently, a gentleman living in the North of London possessed a dwarf elephant which one occasionally saw taking an airing under the care of a groom. These two examples are tolerably hardy, but a large number of exotic pets are prone to pneumonia, consumption, and a host of other troubles peculiar to our inclement climate. For this reason, the more delicate of exotic pets, particularly of larger size, are not recommended for the animal lover of limited means. The monkey tribe, particularly, is extremely susceptible to pulmonary troubles, which develop with alarming speed unless the little animals are well looked after. Some foreign animals, however, take very well to our climate—particularly those of a reptilean nature, as tortoises and snakes. If it is desired to acquire an animal from abroad as a pet, of which little is known, readers are advised to get into touch with the secretary of the Zoological Society, Regents Park, London, who is always ready to give advice as to the care and feeding etc., of exotic animals.

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