Exotic Pet Insurance Business Soars
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As state and federal lawmakers continue to wrestle with proposed legislation on exotic pet ownership and trade, one Florida man has built a small-business empire around keeping exotic animals, their owners and their neighbors safe.

Mitch Kalmanson is the wild animal insurance guy, selling sometimes gigantic, multimillion-dollar policies to insure the owners of nature’s most ferocious animals and seemingly uninsurable exotic pets — some of which might live right next door to you.

“I’ve got circuses, I’ve got fairs, zoological facilities, private facilities, some people who just want to have exotic animals because they have an interest in it,” Kalmanson told Nightline.

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Kalmanson started out 20 years ago, when he took over his father’s auto and home insurance business and tweaked it. Now his office near Orlando, Fla., contains a vault of wild animal files, filing cabinets full of all the risks he assesses.

“I will probably insure almost every risk,” he said.

He has insured lions, tigers, the airlifting of Caribbean wild dolphins to aquariums, charging premiums ranging fro…………… continues on ABC News

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