Taming Exotic Pet Owners

On Nat Geo's "Animal Intervention," animal welfare advocates help people give up wild animal pets.
3:00 | 10/04/12

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Now for most people a backyard animal encounter means a run in with a squirrel but a small animal -- slice the population has invited. Exotic beasts like tigers and lions two -- the domestic territory. Typically reserved for cats and dogs and when these homemade menagerie get out of hand. There's one team that swoops in here's ABC's TJ -- -- -- zoo keepers. Their pet owners she'll never. Attacked me because -- -- Blinded by love and devotion to their Sharif. Meet Alison Eastwood and Donald -- Two animal interventionist. Who try to tame. Out of control exotic animal lovers instead going into pointing fingers have been saying what cheating is wrong -- -- hold of them are and it thinks exactly what -- doing and that's often bullets -- pushed him over the -- to trying get help. Exotic and sometimes dangerous animals like these. Could be living next door to you. Tigers monkeys and reptiles of all increasingly found a home in urban and suburban America. I'm pretty -- I felt wolf and -- parking lot. Last year the danger was real for the city of Zanesville Ohio the owner of this exotic animal farm killed himself. But not before opening the cages scary. There won't be run wild crazy the results a bloody safari on these mid western city streets incredibly no one was injured. Fat and Angela harder and her husband David have their own exotic animal sanctuary called rescue one. Right in their backyard. There is 1517. Tigers bears a dozen -- fifteen lions there's eight or nine cougars here we have a black bear. Angela figures they go through about two to 300 pounds of meat a day you. Cages are repaired and patched up with scrap metal. This couple is clearly over war and Angela expresses feelings of guilt I have to do the right thing. I I'm not going to live with myself -- and I backed out left these animals. And that -- because I couldn't take it anymore as people go into to the best intentions that once thought to rescue the -- -- a little zoo for school kids or anything like that. And then before they know it they actually become what they're trying to save the animals from its -- wooden -- try to convince Angela to give up some of the animals to a better equipped to animal rescue -- -- -- rescue -- right now when it's someone senders and -- and there's a tiger -- lion and her hat is is just gonna keep going an escalating and escalating. I don't know how to answer that -- and yes yes certain. There's so many aspects a look at -- predictably she's reluctant. They understand you know they look at us you know and I mean I'm but -- say now. Either brother's. Love each other they have their own lives -- in that case. For some owners it's like asking them to give up their own children and doesn't matter -- it's been born and raised in captivity it doesn't matter if you -- -- a as a baby. It's still -- wild animal and it still capable of really hurting people. Often these pet owners -- come around even if it's not on camera. David and Angela recently closed down rescue one and found new homes for their former tenants. They think that this animals never gonna harm them because they've had an all their life. Which -- total misconception and animal intervention to help -- the animal. And their owner for Nightline I'm TJ Winick in New York. Animal intervention airs Tuesday nights on Nat geo wild thanks to TJ for that.

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