One of the places where the energy crisis has had a strong impact is the United Kingdom . We recently read that they are running out of beer due to product shortages and that even many bars will not survive the winter due to high energy bills . This, from the perspective of leisure and hospitality, but there is also a sector in British society that has been affected by the increase in prices, we are talking about the owners of exotic animals.
Common animals to see around the green corners of the UK are squirrels. These days, however, the British streets will have other inhabitants . That’s right, bearded dragons, lizards and snakes arrive in cities and outskirts.
These have not come this far of their own volition. They have been released by their owners, since they have been forced to make this decision due to the high cost of keeping this type of species .
This was explained to Fortune by Charles Thompson of the reptile store Snakes ‘n’ Adders. “I have four bearded dragons looking at me right now, and I’ve already relocated three of them . That’s all in less than a month.”
The freedom of the reptiles
The economic medium reveals that, for weeks, there has been a constant “increase” in the number of owners abandoning exotic pets or releasing them in British suburbs.
The price increase in energy bills, in some cases, is double what it was a year ago. Unlike cats, dogs, and hamsters, reptiles need to live in special tanks equipped with heaters and high-power lamps to replicate their natural habitats.
Habitat is already expensive, and that’s on top of the rising cost of insect-based meals. In addition, pet ownership has grown during the pandemic and some people have found it difficult to care for them as normal life resumes.
Reptile Rescue Rise
Animal abandonment has caused an increase in the demand for the work of British reptile rescuers . Monte Jackson, a volunteer at the National Reptile Welfare Center in Tonbridge, England, tells the outlet that his center has rescued, among others, Speedy, a 60-year-old tortoise, Phoenix, an overweight orange bearded dragon, and Champagne, a cobra whose scales glow under fluorescent lights.
This time last year, the animal center, which works on donations, housed just under 700 orphaned reptiles . That number has ballooned to 1,055 , a rise that echoes rates seen by reptile shops and rescue centers across England.
Stir in the neighborhood
The phenomenon has caused a stir in the population of Sheffield since images of reptiles can be seen on some city posters that are on the street where neighbors ask “Is this someone’s pet?”.