The Metro.co.uk website headline is “Meet the loving domesticated wild cat who ‘hates being alone'”. As soon as you see the pictures of this beloved caracal you can see that he is obese. This is not right.
As expected, it is legal to own a caracal in Latvia. I’d expect fairly lax laws on exotic animal ownership in the Baltic states and Russia. The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat species. They are highly athletic. The kind of space that the male caracal requires in the wild is 220 square kilometres! And owners of these cats expect them to be happy living in a home or an enclosure of 25 square meters. The caracal inherits a desire to roam over large areas.
Pumba lives with Deniss Jegorovs. Apparently, he hates being alone and joins Deniss to watch television. He screams when he is lonely. I bet that it is an intimidating sound. Denis feeds him three times a day. Right, great. He’s feeding too much or giving him treats in between feeds. And he’s not getting anywhere near enough exercise.
Deniss admits that Pumba wakes him in the morning and begs for food. There’s your problem. He lives outside the home from mid-fall to mid-spring.
People who see Pumba ask if he is dangerous. We don’t know Deniss’s answer but the answer is yes, at least potentially.
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Deniss admits that his caracal has a desire to escape. He said:
“Our main challenge is not to let Pumba escape from our territory, because it happened in the past and he could not find a way home, so we were searching for him for two days. Also in the winter our lake turns into ice and Pumba tries to leave our territory crossing the lake. That is why we keep him inside in the winter.”
If only Deniss realised. Pumba isn’t happy. He can’t be trapped in a relatively tiny living space compared to what he desires. And overfeeding him is not a substitute. People who hanker for an exotic pet caracal or other exotic cat should curb their self-indulgence. Let them live in the wild.
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