Ferae naturae

From the latin, meaning 'of a wild nature or disposition'.

Ferae naturae is a legal term which refers to animals that are not commonly domesticated in the United Kingdom.  They refer to a dangerous species and could include fully grown animals which may have characteristics which, if they were not restrained, could cause severe damage.

Dangerous is a question of law not fact (Behrens v Bertram Mills Circus (1957)).

The term could include species which are considered domesticated in other countries and there are in fact few species native to the UK which correspond to this category.

Liability is strict and the 'keeper' of the dangerous species is liable.

 

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