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Baghdad's trade in wildlife anything but tame

A dozen fluffy white kittens with piercing blue eyes frolic in a wire cage, perched perilously atop a pen containing two African lion cubs. Neighborhood schoolchildren stop to feed sunflower seeds to a chained monkey, while three red foxes cower in their curbside enclosure from the street noise.Full story

Why do some choose dangerous pets?

  Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet joins NBC’s Savannah Guthrie to explain the fascination that many display toward owning potentially harmful animals.

Captive bear kills woman during cage cleaning

A woman was killed by a captive 350-pound black bear as she cleaned its cage Sunday night, officials said Monday as they revealed her husband, an exotic pet dealer, was operating with an expired license. Full story

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