47. Necessity for knowledge.

47.     Necessity for knowledge.

Where damage1 is caused by an animal which does not belong to a dangerous species2 its keeper3 is strictly liable for the damage, subject to certain exceptions4, if:

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    (1)     the damage is of a kind which the animal, unless restrained, was likely to cause or which, if caused by the animal, was likely to be severe5; and

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    (2)     such likelihood was due to characteristics of the animal not normally found in animals of the same species6 or, if so found, only at particular times or in particular circumstances7; and

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    (3)     those characteristics were