Traveling to buy / adopt a dog or other animal?

Yesterday I saw in the news that Usain Bolt adopted a cheetah. He was in Kenya and got to meet the animal he was adopting while Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga cuddled two lion cubs that he adopted.

What does it take to meet a baby cheetah or lion? If you spend $10,000-$15,000 to adopt one do you then get to go to Nairobi’s Animal Orphanage and play with them? Or do you have to be famous and adopt?

Either way, sounds like a memorable vacation and great publicity for Usain Bolt.

Moving away from the charity aspect, what if you wanted a family pet? The Today Show talked about Tibetan Mastiffs going for $600,000 in China but in the US $2,000 or $3,000 would be enough. Considering the price difference what’s stopping Chinese people from getting their dogs in America?

I wonder about other animals too. Do people travel to buy rare / exotic animals? I’m sure they must but does anyone here have any information on that sort of thing?

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