Dangerous pets in our gardens
RATTLESNAKES, Black Widow spiders, wolves, crocodiles and even LIONS are being kept in British back gardens, official figures show.
More than 100 councils have issued licences to folk who keep dangerous animals at home, a freedom of information request found.
Special licences are required to keep critters that are considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic.
Iain Newby, who runs a wild animal rescue facility from his home in Little Wakering, Essex, said: “A lot of these animals should never be pets, they should be in proper breeding groups to keep the populations.”
The specimens being kept include a crocodile in Stoke-on-Trent, while Cannock Chase Council in Staffordshire has issued licences for three tigers and two lions.