Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MBE Fast Facts: Wild Animals--Strict Liability

An owner of a wild animal can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by that wild animal, even if steps have been taken to limit the dangerous propensities of that animal (for example, by defanging a poisonous snake). So, if someone enters the property at the request of the landowner (who also owns the snake), is frightened by the snake (not realizing that the snake has been defanged), and slips and injurs himself, that visitor has a valid suit in strict liability against the owner, even though the owner had taken measures to make the snake less harmful.

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