well, ben is about 3 1/2 years old, and his first owner was a meth addict. the man got high one day and decided to take a propane torch to bens tail to hear him scream. he and his wife did this, then broke a couple of toes. he was born with a birth defect, his bottom jaw, and no it doesnt extend to his tail or his finners. he eats very well and often. but onto the story, after that happend, he was given to a friend of mine *male* and ben would lunge at him every time he came near him. Zac *male friend* had him for about a year, and realized that Ben needed a parent that would understand him, and would be able to care for him. Zac new i was into creepy crawlies, so he called me. i was kind of leery about taking on an animal i've always wanted and so i did some research, and found that they are a TOTAL commitment, and require lots and lots of love i was more than ready to accept. Zac didnt tell me about Ben's past until i had him home. all i could do was cry. i confronted the man and his wife and they denied everything. when i told a policeman what they had done, they weren't very impressed with the story, then i told them i would go to the media about them not caring.. they went to the mans house and charged him with animal neglect and abuse. he's serving a 16 month sentance along with 8 years for the meth they found in the house. his wife is doing 4. i love animals, and do everything i can . weather it be a rat from an animal store that was closing *my rat Gumby* a cockatiel from somone who kept a blanket on him 24/7 with old food and hardly any water, or my little ben. i love them all.... wow...sorry about that i went into another soap box of mine... Ben still cant stand the site of anything male, but he's starting to warm up to my fioncee, even though he's phobic of reptiles... ben and i are working on him lol
i just hate people who hurt animals. he is hardly defensless...those claws and teeth...but held down.. its just..... GRR.....i wish more people would step up and stop animal abuse.. in all its forms.... but some things like that are impossible.. all we can do is stop what we witness eh?