A.   Except as provided in subsection B of this section, no person shall own or keep within the City any animal which is not commonly domesticated or which is not common to North America or which, irrespective of geographic origin, is of a wild or predatory nature, without having first obtained a permit for the animal.
   B.   The provisions of subsection A of this section shall not apply to the owning or keeping of birds, small rodents or small nonpoisonous reptiles not exceeding six feet (6') in length commonly used for educational or experimental purposes or for pets, nor shall these provisions apply to the owning or keeping of exotic animals by zoos, circuses or recognized institutions of learning or scientific research. (1980 Code; Ord. 91-32; Ord. 01-42; Ord. 03-31)