Sumatran tiger pet

Is a Sumatra tiger a pet?

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Newsweek is a world famous magazine. However, they are still not up to the 21st century standards as we see in this article.

“For some people, a pet is not so much man’s best friend as a status symbol. Whether it’s a pint-sized pure-bred pooch, an exotic snake or a tropical bird, a luxury pet can be a costly companion.

It’s not just the initial purchase price. There’s also the cost of food, vet bills, grooming and care to consider. Here are some of the priciest pets but buyer be warned: these exotic creatures may best left to the wild.”

They offer some examples. One of the examples is the Sumatra tiger:

“As viewers of Netflix’s Tiger King will know, the Sumatran tiger is one of the most exotic— though ethically contentious—pets. These majestic felines are among the smallest tigers but can weigh up to 310 pounds and need a vast amount of space to roam. A tiger cub can cost anywhere from $800 to $5,000 but unscrupulous breeders, poaching and the illegal trade make this critically endangered animal one to avoid as a pet. Sadly, captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild, according to National Geographic.”

The full article was published by Newsweek on March 24, 2021.