Lions, tigers, wolves, and deadly snakes are just some of the dangerous animals kept on private properties across the UK.
Among the thousands of undomesticated animals prowling behind fences up and down the country are:
- 13 tigers
- Two lions
- Eight leopards
- Seven cheetahs
- Nine cheetahs
- 15 wolves
- 300 poisonous snakes - including cobras, vipers and rattlesnakes
- 10 alligators
- Nine crocodiles
- 17 caimans
More than 100 councils across the UK have granted dangerous wild animals (DWA) licences. The licences are required if people wish to keep undomesticated animals as pets, and they must be able to show they have safety measures in place as well as paying a small fee.
DWA licences have been granted in some of the UK's biggest cities, including London, Swansea, Stoke, Sheffield, Hull, and Portsmouth.
DWA licences are also issued to properties where animals are receiving care, or on farms.
As a result, grazing in fields across the UK are;
- 412 bison
- 2,000 wild boar
- Scores of zebra
The RSPCA said it was concerned that licences too often focus on protecting the public from harm, rather than on the well-being of the animals themselves.