Man's best friend or biggest burden? Being a pet owner can be an entertaining and rewarding experience. Not only does caring for another teach responsibility, but it can provide a number of laughs along the way. However, being a domestic pet owner is much different than owning an exotic, or non-native, species. Oftentimes, as these species grow, owners feel that they can no longer handle the responsibility of caring for their pet and assume that by setting it free, they are returning the species to its home-- the outdoors.