Cash-strapped owners give up exotic pets
EXOTIC pets have become the latest casualty of the recession.
The National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Co Meath is bursting at the seams with a recent influx of about 40 unwanted lizards and snakes, including an eight-foot-long carpet python.
Previous owners have either emigrated or can no longer afford to keep the animals, according to the sanctuary's co-founder, Kevin Cunningham.
"I had a call about a 10-foot boa constrictor. I also got a call about an emu and we have a llama coming in next week," he told the Irish Independent.
Unwanted horses and donkeys remain a huge problem for the sanctuary and other animal shelters, which have seen an explosion in the number of people who can no longer afford the upkeep of their pets.
The sanctuary is also currently caring for about 120 turtles and terrapins and there is a waiting list to re-home another 250.