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Dr. F.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24600 on: December 01, 2013, 02:58:12 PM »
Added sighting: the couple with their small dog. I'm sorry, but when did it become ok to bring your pet to the mall?

Dog? Yesterday I saw a woman carrying a raccoon. Raccoons are not indigenous to England and I've never seen one other than in a zoo. Why did she have one? Not my business. But why did she have one, uncrated, in a food market? As you say, when did that become OK?

When the party of five stops in the doorway of the shop I'm trying to get into, to have a lengthy argument about who is buying what for whom for Christmas, including a sixth person by mobile phone so that everything has to be repeated loudly, and thereby blocking the entire access, the Free Range Hippy Chick tends to go all hawkish and want to beat one of them to death with her own roll of Christmas wrapping paper. <Sigh> Just one of them? Please? As an example to the others?

Raccoon? Seriously?!? Wow. I assume they don't have rabies over there, but that would be my first thought here.

If I were on the jury at your wrapping-paper-vigilante trial, I would certainly vote for Justifiable Homicide. If they're not stopping at the entrance, it's at the exit. I was leaving Home Depot today and a man stopped exactly in the middle of the exit doors to do something on his phone. His wife and small child then stationed themselves across the rest of the opening, to make sure no one could escape until the man was done, apparently. A polite, "Excuse me," got me glared at.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24601 on: December 01, 2013, 05:33:13 PM »


Dog? Yesterday I saw a woman carrying a raccoon. Raccoons are not indigenous to England and I've never seen one other than in a zoo. Why did she have one? Not my business. But why did she have one, uncrated, in a food market? As you say, when did that become OK?
Are you absolutely sure it wasn't a puppet? My sister has one (she was a grade school teacher) that was extremely lifelike. If not...I don't get it. Considering the rabies quarantine for dogs and cats, I can't imagine how you'd get a raccoon into Britain.

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« Reply #24602 on: December 01, 2013, 05:45:49 PM »


Dog? Yesterday I saw a woman carrying a raccoon. Raccoons are not indigenous to England and I've never seen one other than in a zoo. Why did she have one? Not my business. But why did she have one, uncrated, in a food market? As you say, when did that become OK?
Are you absolutely sure it wasn't a puppet? My sister has one (she was a grade school teacher) that was extremely lifelike. If not...I don't get it. Considering the rabies quarantine for dogs and cats, I can't imagine how you'd get a raccoon into Britain.

Raccoons aren't being bred for pets, either.  I could maybe see a skunk -- there are pet skunks (scent glands removed, in case you are wondering) bred for that purpose. There are domesticated foxes too, from a Russian scientific experiment with the excess animals sold to the pet trade.  http://www.domesticfox.com/#!

Katana_Geldar

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24603 on: December 01, 2013, 05:56:19 PM »
In the US, people keep Australian animals as pets. This is illegal in Australia.

http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8539562

I personally can't imagine it, poor things. :(

And that guy who has the red kangaroo is just asking for trouble. They can seriously injure you with their tail, claws and back legs.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24604 on: December 01, 2013, 08:32:20 PM »
You're not kidding, an adult kangaroo is not going to be a good pet. Annoy one of them and you could be in serious trouble.

Katana_Geldar

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« Reply #24605 on: December 01, 2013, 08:38:48 PM »
Kangaroos can stand on their tail and kick you with both legs.

Just like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SO-XpbaycM

I have heard people breed them for pets in places in the US. Seriously...
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BarensMom

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24606 on: December 01, 2013, 08:48:35 PM »
FYI, most Nordstrom's are dog-friendly.  Heck, my personal shopper is disappointed if Baren doesn't come with me.

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« Reply #24607 on: December 01, 2013, 08:50:27 PM »
I can vouch for kangaroos being dangerous.  My only scar from my time as a zookeeper is from a Kangaroo bite.  I worked with Arabian Oryx, Bonteboks, Sika Deer, Bongos, Havalenas, Cheetahs, Rhinos, and Zebras.  All of them were dangerous in their own way (the Arabian Orxy attempted to kill me every morning).  But the roo was the only one who managed to injure me (I had to pin her down for her shots).

I love animals, but there are certains ones that should not be domesticated.  Admire them, love them, but leave them in their proper habitat!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24608 on: December 01, 2013, 09:03:24 PM »

Jocelyn

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24609 on: December 01, 2013, 09:06:48 PM »
I can vouch for kangaroos being dangerous.  My only scar from my time as a zookeeper is from a Kangaroo bite.  I worked with Arabian Oryx, Bonteboks, Sika Deer, Bongos, Havalenas, Cheetahs, Rhinos, and Zebras.  All of them were dangerous in their own way (the Arabian Orxy attempted to kill me every morning).  But the roo was the only one who managed to injure me (I had to pin her down for her shots).

I love animals, but their are certains ones that should not be domesticated.  Admire them, love them, but leave them in their proper habitat!
Amen! Even domesticated species like dogs and cats can do a lot of damage if they're undersocialized and have some motivation to attack. I ended up in the ER after Benedict got his foot caught in the recliner. He's a lovely cat, very well socialized...but he was scared and in pain and all he knew was that I was trying to hold him still (while I freed his foot) when his instincts were all flight or fight. I got chomped several times. The ER wanted to call Animal Control and I told them absolutely no way, there was no risk of rabies, and he was an indoor cat only, so they didn't need to do anything they'd normally do if a cat of unknown history were responsible for the bite.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24610 on: December 01, 2013, 09:13:13 PM »
In defense of Nordstrom...while a customers watch may say 10 02, the computer that turns on the registers may not say the same time and the store opens by the stores time.  I loved the special snowflakes that would YANK on our doors before or after closing then shout "My watch says..."  Well, your watch can sing opera for all I care, the store clock has our open and close time, and we were set to the NWS NOAA time.

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« Reply #24611 on: December 01, 2013, 09:23:48 PM »
In defense of Nordstrom...while a customers watch may say 10 02, the computer that turns on the registers may not say the same time and the store opens by the stores time.  I loved the special snowflakes that would YANK on our doors before or after closing then shout "My watch says..."  Well, your watch can sing opera for all I care, the store clock has our open and close time, and we were set to the NWS NOAA time.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24612 on: December 01, 2013, 10:04:08 PM »
I have kids who all want exotic animals as pets.  Giraffes, bushbabies... either they think they *are* one, or they want one, quite desperately.  Unlike many of these special snowflakes, I'm sure they'll grow out of it by age 10 or so.
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« Reply #24613 on: December 01, 2013, 10:08:45 PM »
I have kids who all want exotic animals as pets.  Giraffes, bushbabies... either they think they *are* one, or they want one, quite desperately.  Unlike many of these special snowflakes, I'm sure they'll grow out of it by age 10 or so.

I still want the same pet I wanted as a kid, but my husband keeps whining 'no, Sweetheart, stop trying to put a trap door on the front porch, you can't have a shark tank in the basement.'

He's such a meanie.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24614 on: December 01, 2013, 11:57:58 PM »
My desire for an exotic pet lasts about a minute...until I Google it and read all the special instructions etc. I end up being terrified both for myself as well as for the imaginary animal that common sense has now explained I am not in any position to care for. So to all the adorable chinchillas, cool lizards, and cuddly-looking marmosets out there: don't worry - you're awesome, but I don't want you any more than you want me. :P

PS: IMHO any person who gets ANY pet and doesn't care for it (or doesn't think they have to) should be kenneled and strictly (re)trained until they can behave like decent human beings. >:(
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