Comments for: State gives Aroostook couple permit to keep pet wallaby, with conditions

Posted Aug. 31, 2012, at 12:22 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 31, 2012, at 4:51 p.m.

ISLAND FALLS | The couple who unknowingly broke state law by purchasing a wallaby and bringing it home as a pet have reached an agreement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Michelle Charette and Jay Batchelder have been granted a permit by IF&W, Batchelder said Thursday, …

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  • Anonymous

    I do not really have a problem with it, how many times do we hear that it is against State Law to bring Exotic animals into the state.

    • Anonymous

      And I want a Savannah Cat damnit!

  • Anonymous

    My only concern, the last sentence: not home a lot, no time to train it. So why get it? Its a social animal! It needs to interact with others. And what happens to it if you can’t train it? 

  • Sounds to me like poor Kingston is under house arrest.

  • Kim Mathews

    I agree with guylea90 … why get this animal when you both work…if you work and you want a pet get a fish,  anything more you are just neglecting the animal.  I work but I work nights and when I come home my 2 dogs come out of their crates for the day and night and go back in when I go to work.  When i worked days, I felt bad when I couldn’t do this.  They sleep with me during the day.  So they have it good.

    • Anonymous

      I bet the wallaby family will work out their training and social interacting with their pet just as you did with your two dogs. And i’m sure there is thousands if not millions of families in the same boat as you are with your pets. You do what you have to do when you have pets. Now this is not to say that some of these loving pet owners are not animal abusers. You have to know there is, with the animal  ads on TV showing the abused pets.

  • Anonymous

    And here i thought the Maine Governor was an exotic pet……that’s a lot of rules to follow…. surprised Batchelder didn’t make them speak Aussie…….

  • Anonymous

    It is a mistake to allow them to keep this wild animal… an they are greedy to keep him away from other wallabies.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it does not breed with our snowshoe rabbits, no beagle could keep up.

    • Anonymous

       Love your comment! Too funny!

  • Anonymous

    Gee, to bad Politicians didn’t have to go through this process to run for office ………………………..

  • Anonymous

    Disgusting.  Wild animals *do not* belong in a home.  

  • Anonymous

    If they are not home much, then they have NO business getting pets that require that kind of care. Get a cat or two. install a pet door, then make sure there is food and water for the animals. c’mon people.

  • Anonymous

    rediculous . wild animals belong in the wild. not in somebodys home as a pet.

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