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Animals dumped when summer comes

TT/The Local · 18 Jul 2010, 16:04

Published: 18 Jul 2010 16:04 GMT+02:00

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Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm has already taken in three boa constrictors, an iguana and twenty turtles that have been dumped by their owners.

“Turtles are cute when they’re as small as five kronor coins but when they grow up they’re thrown out,” zookeeper Jonas Wahlström told news agency TT.

Turtles have been left to fend for themselves this summer at hamburger joints and on the Stockholm metro system.

Skansen Aquarium generally approaches wildlife parks around the country to see if they can offer new homes for the reptiles, some of which are occasionally able to help out.

But most parks are keen to keep the pets at bay. Kolmården Wildlife Park and Nordens Ark have become accustomed to receiving phone calls from owners who have tired of their pets but neither of the parks is in a position to take in the strays and castaways.

“Our park is for endangered species. Any infection brought in can pose a threat to the animals,” said Tom Svensson, press spokesman for Nordens Ark.

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Any rejected animals seeking a safe haven in Gothenburg are also barking up the wrong tree, with the Maritime Museum and Universeum both operating a strict no pets policy.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:39 July 19, 2010 by SarahRF
If people are just going to dump their pets in random places, they might as well just shoot them. Either way, their chances of survival are really slim, and honestly shooting would be kinder than starvation.

Doesn't Sweden have some kind of animal protection department, or animal pounds, that people can take these pets to?
09:11 July 19, 2010 by organismasawhole
Yeah that's the solution, set up a special department so people can feel good about buying a pet and throwing it away when it pleases them. What about asking the question why own a pet. Are people so boring and unimaginative that feel the need to own a little creature to make them feel better. Humans are the nastiest creature alive, life is wasted on humans. I wish the sun would go supernova tomorrow...
14:03 July 19, 2010 by J Jack
Folks are so used to living hand to mouth in Sweden that when acquiring a pet, they sometimes misunderstand the petty financial burden they are acquiring with it. Because money is more important that welfare of animals and humans the answer is to quietly sweep away the unwanted burdens into the woods. Out of sight, out of mind. So fng selfish!
14:23 July 19, 2010 by AussieAndy
@SarahRF. I agree
17:32 July 19, 2010 by cathk
people should require a license to have pets. They are living beings not a means of summer entertainment. and they deserve to be loved and cared for.
16:56 July 20, 2010 by Puffin
It's not just exotic pets but often ordinary household pets such as cats that are abandoned in the forest.

People think that they will fend for themselves and catch mice - but the truth is that most starve to death slowly and painfully once winter arrives.

Have found 2 cats in the process of dying in the last 18 months

- one 4 month kitten found in October was too weak to stand and had a broken leg and was trying to find food by pushing herself forwards with her back feet with face on the ground

- the second was tood weak to stand and was trying to eat bird food - was shaking uncontrollably trying to keep warm with zero body fat.
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