Maybe you saw the headline too: ‘Zebra Bites Off Ohio Man’s Arm.’ If you had, you probably had the same reaction I did: ‘I must click this and learn more.’ I did and was pleased to read that the man’s arm was able to be reattached, but I was left with several questions.

Why did a person in Ohio have a zebra? Don’t know. Why did the zebra bite the Ohio man? Don’t know. Why do I have the sudden urge to see if I can legally own a zebra in Michigan?

After scouring the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Developments rules for exotic animals, I called Jennifer Holton, Communications Director for MDARD, who confirmed my suspicions. There is no law for or against the ownership of a zebra, but there are many hoops one needs to jump through in order to do so. The question still remains, why would you want to own a zebra?

Though I couldn't find an answer to all of my questions, I was able to compile this list of animals The State of Michigan will not allow you to have as a pet:

Cheetah
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Hari Nandakumar via Upsplash
Hari Nandakumar via Upsplash
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They look like nice kitties, but how do you think they'll feel about those cheetah print leggings? Wouldn't want to be on their bad side.

Cougar

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I would cut any red tape I needed just to recreate this scene!

Jaguar

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That is a large cat taking on a gator. If you can't wrestle a gator and win, don't get a jaguar.

Satyawan Narinedhat via Upsplash
Satyawan Narinedhat via Upsplash
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All Leopards

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Uriel Soberanes via Upsplash
Uriel Soberanes via Upsplash
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You could try to sneak a leopard through customs, but remember, they are spotted.

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Lion

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Mariola Grobelska via Upsplash
Mariola Grobelska via Upsplash
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Owning a lion cub for the purpose of recreating the beginning of Lion King until it's too heavy or ticked off to hold has more downsides than upsides.

Panther

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Ash Edmonds via Upsplash
Ash Edmonds via Upsplash
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The only panther siting I want to see in Michigan is of the stuffed variety.

Tiger

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Max van den Oetelaar via Upsplash
Max van den Oetelaar via Upsplash
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Must have been that Carole Baskin!

Bears

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Bill Pennell via Upsplash
Bill Pennell via Upsplash
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You may have a right to bare arms, but you can't arm a bear...something like that.

Hybrids of Wolves and Big Carnivores

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Brianna R via Upsplash
Brianna R via Upsplash
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I am a huge fan of mans best friend, and I'm aware that all doggos came from the wolf, but I prefer the spastic nature of our shelter pup to that of a hound that pictures me as a pork chop.

Honestly, after looking at that list, it still surprises me that a zebra was able to bite someone's arm off, but it's right there in black and white...

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