This Cuddly Animal is 100% Illegal to Own in Iowa
As kids, we're essentially taught to think all animals are cuddly, cute, and most importantly, sweet. Because of Disney and other film studios' cartoons, we see animals talk, smile, fall in love, and be friends with each other (and humans).
The reality is that's simply not true, sadly. Lions can't be friends with warthogs and deer and rabbits don't routinely sing. That said, it's not so much kids that clamor to bring home a bear or a talking tiger, it's the adults that want the exotic pets.
One cuddly (looking) animal that's 100% illegal to own in the state of Iowa is a wolf.
There was a nearly deadly incident back in 2017 where someone's pet wolf nearly killed a small girl. Now, owning a wolf in Iowa was not legal in 2017, so it's not like this case changed the law.
The woman whose wolf harmed the girl was charged and found guilty of possessing a captive wild animal without a license. The wolf was euthanized after the incident.
Iowa law on wolfs dates back to 2002 when the Iowa House passed House File 572 banning ownership of wolves, without a proper wild animal license.
While certain wolf/dog mixes are legal in Iowa, owners may be required to obtain a permit to own such an animal. Other animals on Iowa's no-no list include hyenas, leopards, bears, primates, crocodiles, cobras, and pythons.
One strange animal you can own in Iowa... a skunk. But, ew...