Public health officers in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, are taking action against people who keep wild animals in their homes.
The owners are being fined 10,000 dirhams (US$2,722) and their animals are being confiscated. They may also have to pay compensation to anyone their animals have injured.
Teams of inspectors are touring residential areas on the lookout for tigers, cheetah, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, lizards and other wildlife. The inspectors also are canvassing markets to find sellers of these exotic animals.