“Animals ferae naturae”

August 7, 2013

  • 28 Animals
  • 28k1.5 Animals as Property; Status
  • 28k1.5(6) k. Birds and Fowl.

28 AnimalsDucks purchased by restaurant owner and released into river which ran alongside the restaurant were “animals ferae naturae” and, while restaurant owner may have had a qualified property interest in the ducks at the time that he acquired them, the instant he released them into the wild they departed into another liberty and that qualified property interest ceased and he could not recover for their subsequent loss.
In re Oriental Republic Uraguay, 821 F. Supp. 950 (D. Del. 1993)