An investigation has revealed lions, wolves and deadly venomous snakes are among hundreds of animals being kept as pets in the UK.
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Dangerous wild animals (DWA) licences are granted by councils to allow people to keep undomesticated animals as pets, providing they have the requisite safety measures at their home and pay a small fee.
Among the animals licencesed to private individuals in the North East are 40 bison, a capuchin monkey, a zebra, and an Asian leopard cat.