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Want an exotic, wild pet?

Want an exotic, even wild, pet? Ask your local government to replicate what the government of Punjab is doing.

Residents of Punjab are being allowed to adopt wild animals and birds in major zoos of the state. For a fee, of course, ranging from Rs 400 to Rs 200,000, for a period ranging from a few months to a year. This step has been taken to overcome a financial crunch.

Those who adopt a pet will have a right to check their pets and their living conditions. They will be invited as special guests during various celebrations and appointed as ex-officio members of the zoo's development society. They will also be issued free passes for their families and five additional persons to visit the zoo four times a year.

Environmentalists and residents are quite enthusiastic about the move.

Picture: The Telegraph


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