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Mon, Apr 27 | By Kris O'Donnell | 129

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Whenever she's out on the town, 2-year-old Gehts causes quite a stir. The central Florida pet grabs attention from the mere fact she's a wallaby. "She's like a little baby, I love her," said Gehts' mom, Suzie Charna.more ›

Pet Wallaby: 'A Dream Come True' for Student
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Moroferret
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Moroferret
4 years ago

ALL animals once came from wild stock. Even your beloved dogs and cats.

I know no one around here can seem to grasp this concept, but not everyone is a cat or dog person.

There is nothing wrong with having an "exotic" pet as long as it it properly cared for like any other animal should be.

Just because you don't understand it, and it's different from your Fluffy, Buddy, and Fido doesn't mean it should be illegal.

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Ninaof2girls
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Ninaof2girls
4 years ago

I'm glad this girl did her homework but this animal is not a pet and shouldn't be allowed to be one. We need more laws to control what kind of pets people should be allowed to adopt. We have enough problems with cats and dogs being abondoned without wallaby's and so many other exotic animals being abandoned after their owners decide the thrill is gone and they don't want to deal with it anymore. This girl sounds responsible but there are too many others who are not. Why not go and volunteer in a shelter or at a zoo and take care of some of these animals that need care and help in your spare time and get your thrills that way and leave the exotics in the wild where they belong.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

Seems like a lot of work and wild animals in captivity always worry me with longevity issues.

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a w.
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a w.
4 years ago

i dont really know what to say about this i dont really believe in paying a "breeder" so that i could have one, but if she just so happend to know someone that could take care of theirs i dont see any harm in her to adopt one of those or even go volunteer at the rescue.

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Swayloveswasabi34
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Swayloveswasabi34
4 years ago

Not sure the animal will be very happy, that just encourages people to get animals and then when it gets out of hand get rid of them.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
4 years ago

I hope that these animals don't get added to the long list of unwanted pets

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Brandi O.
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Brandi O.
4 years ago

she seams like she takes very good care of the animal but it needs to be home where they belong it is not right to keep that animals in a house

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jackie
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jackie
4 years ago

I think he should have stayed where he belongs

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Kym W.
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Kym W.
4 years ago

I've never been a big fan of people buying exotics. Rarely do they realize the amount of time, money, and research that's required to keep one. And what is the likelihood of finding a vet in your area *qualified* to treat a wallaby? Seriously.

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Norrie
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Norrie
4 years ago

I hate to be such a grouch but I doubt if that "cute" pet stays with her for it's normal life expectancy. You buy a purse or dress or even a car because it's cute but not a live wild animal, you can't send it to a thrift store or used wallaby lot when you get tired of it or it no longer fits your life style.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

People really need to research getting any animal before they just run out and get one because it's cute.

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maria h.
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maria h.
4 years ago

Wallabys are cute but they really do belong in the wild! They were not meant to live in a house.

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Mylima
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Mylima
4 years ago

I don't want to be a party pooper but isn't this wrong? ... this is a wild animal that needs to be where he belongs! ... I know this person loves this animal but are they safe? ... I do wish them well!

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Schnoll007
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Schnoll007
4 years ago

i agree some wild animals change to be mean as they age, you have to be very careful around wild animals.hmmm

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I agree, they should be left in the wild. As they said, too often people will see an animal they think is cute, but find out that their being a wild animal is more than they are ready for...

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
4 years ago

He's a wild animal, and wild animals do not make good pets. Did everyone forget Travis the Chimp already? Wild animals deserve to stay in the wild.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I would have liked to have read more about where she keeps it and her daily routine with it. Somehow, I can't imagine she would be able to provide everything it needs...I hope I'm wrong.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

It is very cute, but I think it would be happier out in the wild.

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

It's too bad that now they're ending up in shelters because people don't do the research they should.

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nicole m.
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nicole m.
4 years ago

omg where can i get one? lol

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Magicpaperclip
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Magicpaperclip
4 years ago

To anyone against owning exotic pets:

Some people don't like dogs or cats, have allergies, or can't accomodate one. Is it right to deny them the right to own a pet? I know many responsible people who are extremely knowledgeable about their pets'. The pets are very healthy. If people can provide for an animal's needs, they should be able to keep it as a pet. Many exotic pets live healthy and happy lives in captivity. It isn't fair to refuse responsible people's right to keep pets.

Also, people who keep exotics tend to be interested in the conservation of the species they keep. They're active in promoting the message that could potentially prevent species from going extinct.

All domestic animals had wild ancestors. Why let the domestication process end now? Many exotic species are bred in captivity and breeders select for traits, such as temperament and hardiness, that would make them good pets. There's no reason not to expand the species we consider 'domestic.'

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
4 years ago

This is an accident waiting to happen.

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Kathleen H.
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Kathleen H.
4 years ago

I'm glad the human is so happy because I can't image that the animal is going to be happy over the longrun.

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sharon d.
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sharon d.
4 years ago

I don't get it........
Why does Florida even have a Wallaby Breeder?
Humans!!!!!!!

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

Exactly what I was thinking. I guess it must be legal. But to think she could have gotten one from the many in the shelter.

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Jean K.
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Jean K.
4 years ago

Wild animals should not be pets. I don't care how good an owner this is. Wild animals should not be bred in captivity and sold to the public. It is just wrong.

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Alvin & Gretchen
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Alvin & Gretchen
4 years ago

I totally agree with you. Even thou she has done her reasearch and sound like a responsible person this is not a domestic animal.

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Emily B.
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Emily B.
4 years ago

Another case of any pet you have is a pet for sure. Hopefully she is a good - no, wait, great - owner that learns as much as possible, stays dedicated, and takes wonderful care of her wallaby. There are all too many cases of the "oh, it's cute" syndrome.

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diana f.
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diana f.
4 years ago

I think the love of an animal like that should be free not kept as a pet. This is why so many are given to rescues and other sort of places... when they get out of control or too big cant handle. they are just dumped off. by then it is too late to put them back in the wild. they should have enough respect for the animal to set it free now to be in the wild where it belongs.

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Real love would be to let it live the life it was meant to live. Everyone knows that old saying, "If you love something set it free . . ."

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

It is cute, but I wouldn't know the foggiest about taking care of one....plus, they should be in their own habitats.....I wonder if the tails on them are as strong as those on a kangaroo?

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Schnoll007
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Schnoll007
4 years ago

wow what a big job that will be to raise him oh my god best of luck

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Jnewman
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Jnewman
4 years ago

Wild animals are meant to be in the wild. At some point where I live, pet shops were selling prairie dogs as pets, then soon a kid contracted some sort of disease from it and died. Case point in mind, animals that aren't meant to be pets, won't change to be domesticated over the course of one generation.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

It's not right to own a wild animal. I really hope she does her research & actually takes proper care of this poor thing!

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Renee M.
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Renee M.
4 years ago

I don't think this is going to end good.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
4 years ago

So true.

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Ganggang
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Ganggang
4 years ago

With all the latest news about wild animals being pets, this does not sound good to me.

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Kelly
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Kelly
4 years ago

Sure they're cute, but wallabies belong in their natural habitat not being sold by breeders & raised in townhomes. Its pretty selfish on the part of the people involved.

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Linda
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Linda
4 years ago

it's a very sad story just waiting to happen. people just shouldn't have anything but domestics as pets.

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jane w.
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jane w.
4 years ago

I think that wallabys belong in Australia and should be consider wildlife.

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Evelync
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Evelync
4 years ago

A wallaby as a pet, in hot Florida ?

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dawn
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dawn
4 years ago

I understand the lure of owning a wild animal, but I'm against. Care often is lacking, and it's just over all not good for the animal. I wish more effort was put into persevering habitats so animals could live in the wild free and happy.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I totally agree. I do hope this works out for Gehts, but in general I would say these animals belong in the wild.

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Norrie
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Norrie
4 years ago

The more I think about this the more I go back to my long time stand that exotics belong in their own enviornment not humans. Cute little guy doesn't get to make his own decision.

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Ginny K.
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Ginny K.
4 years ago

I think that would be a cool pet but it doesn't sound like it's the best thing for the wallaby.... but they are super cute!

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Diana  S.
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Diana S.
4 years ago

Some animals just should not be pets.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
4 years ago

Gehts is obviously well loved and well taken care of, but a wallaby or any other wild or exotic animal most certainly does not belong in a townhouse or being lugged around town in a carrier. I noted that the young woman bought the animal from a Florida breeder, "one of many across the country". We need laws in all fifty states banning ownership of any wild or exotic animal. That will put the breeders out of business and animals like Gehts will be happily hopping around eastern Australia where they belong.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree. The laws need to change.

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Kelly
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Kelly
4 years ago

I agree 100%. We good strong state & national laws.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
4 years ago

This is not right. There is just not enough open space for this animal to be in anything resembling a natural habitat.

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Kaydee P.
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Kaydee P.
4 years ago

I have mixed feelings, if the wild animal was hurt and needed help, then by all means we should adopt and take care of it. But, I do believe wild animals should really stay in the wild. Sorry, I'm glad you love him so much, and I would have hard time saying no to a face like that too.

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mistie E.
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mistie E.
4 years ago

I am with most everyone else on this matter; I dont think she should have her as a pet. What happens when this owner has kids ? I agree 100% with Shirley at the rescue. These sweet creatures should not be pets.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
4 years ago

I still don't agree with the ownership of exotics.

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
4 years ago

Sorry, don't agree with a wallaby as a pet, just because someone can breed them does not mean they should or that we should BUY one.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I don't know how to say this without sounding mean...Wild animals need to be in the wild! I agree they are adorable but unless they live in the wild where they belong, they will not thrive.

This story rings the bells of disaster and I am truly not a fan of reading disasterous animal stories. Especially, ones with wild animals being kept as household pets!

Doing your homework or not, wild animals are unpredictable!

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Norrie
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Norrie
4 years ago

I'm curious as to who do you get to watch a Wallaby when you go on vacation or get sick and is it easy to find a vet that can give proper care to it?

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

That's a good question, for sure!

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Jennifer
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Jennifer
4 years ago

To me, this spells D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. These animals belong in the wild.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I feel the same way, Jennifer! There are plenty of adoptable shelter pets she could have chosen!

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
4 years ago

Wow that would be interesting! They are such cute animals!

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SmartDogs
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SmartDogs
4 years ago

22 years ago I got to meet Wayne Newton's pet wallaby. Sweet little fellow but Heather M is right - wallabies belong in the wild, not in suburban backyards.

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
4 years ago

You want a pet that's more independent you can still love, try a cat. wild animals should be left in the wild.

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Joyce
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Joyce
4 years ago

I agree, well said

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I give your response two thumbs up! I wholeheartdely agree!

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
4 years ago

great point.

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