The Sun-Sentinel reports that a number of parrots, potbellied pigs, horses, snakes and tarantulas are among the casualties of the bad economy. Ron Magill, a spokesman for Miami MetroZoo had this to say:
"People are looking for animals they can keep in apartments and condos because they don't have the big houses with the big yards anymore," Magill said. "These small animals fit the bill physically, but not socially. When they learn that, they dump the animal."