The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Rescued From the Illegal Exotic Pet Trade, Vish the Sloth Gets a Happy Ending The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Rescued From the Illegal Exotic Pet Trade, Vish the Sloth Gets a Happy Ending

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rescued From the Illegal Exotic Pet Trade, Vish the Sloth Gets a Happy Ending


Picture of exotic pet
Vish is a three-month-old sloth who was confiscated by Peruvian authorities when he was found being kept (illegally) as a pet in the city of Tarapoto in the Amazon region of San Martin. Sloths are extremely sensitive wild animals that should never be kept as pets, but the illegal wildlife trade is rife in the area.

Illegal markets act as a conduit for both live and dead animals captured from the forests. Monkeys, coatis and birds are common victims of the exotic pet trade in Peru. Tragically, these babies are often tied up next to the carcasses of their dead family members whose bodies will be sold as “bushmeat.” Many are not even weaned and are too young to survive without their mothers.

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