An ocelot, lioness, and kinkajou have all been spotted in the Triad.
They're exotic animals that somehow found a home in the urban jungle.
The ocelot was captured in Lindley Park in Greensboro in 2005. In 2003, a woman moved to Davidson County and brought along her 450-pound lioness and just last week, a kinkajou was spotted in a High Point woman's backyard.
What brings exotic animals to the area and which are legal to own? WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to animal control officials about the regulations.
"The only thing I can say as far as being in the area is people would be real surprised at how many people have more than one reptile in their house in their neighborhood," said Chad Griffin, reptile expert.
Griffin is the owner of CCSB Reptile Rescue and Rehab Center in Winston-Salem.
He has alligators, a crocodile, venomous snakes, and more at his home. Most of those are illegal to own in Forsyth County but Griffin has a special license. He says animals like the ones he's rescued wind up in the Triad through the pet trade and specialty breeders.
Each county determines what type of exotic animal they will allow. More....