I’ve heard of some strange pets in the past, but every now and then someone just feels the need to go against the grain.
I have a dog, which is about as common as a household cat. But this guy in Glocester, Rhode Island took housecat to the extreme. He had a 200-pound lion locked up in a cage, housed in a shed behind his home. Apparently no one knew of this unusual pet besides the guy and his wife.
It probably wouldn’t have made the news except the guy recently died (unrelated to the lion) and his widow was unable to continue to take care of the wild animal. Or if the guy was still alive, and he got mauled or eaten by the lion, that would have gotten some press. I can hear the reading of the will now… “And to my wife, I leave my pet wild mountain lion.” The the wife is thinking, “Damn it! I was hoping the freakin’ lion would go to Cousin Earl…”
The widow ended up contacting an animal sanctuary in Florida last month to help, and experts from the Animal Planet television network came up and removed the female mountain lion from the home. The town’s animal control officer Michael Merchant didn’t even know what was going on until the whole ordeal was over.
So what would possess someone to capture a mountain lion and keep it as a pet? How much fun can a mountain lion possibly be? Its not going to play fetch, or cuddle up in your lap… And it’s probably not going to eat Purina One cat food either. What a pain. Unless you are Steve Irwin or something, he might have thought a mountain lion as a pet would work, although I think he prefers crocks.
Kinda reminds me of The Hangover movie when they kidnap Mike Tyson’s pet tiger. At least tigers are cool.
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