46. Strict liability for damage.

Where any damage1 is caused by an animal belonging to a dangerous species2, any person who is its keeper3 is strictly liable for the damage, subject to certain exceptions4.

A dangerous species is one which is not commonly domesticated in the British Islands, and whose fully-grown animals normally have such characteristics that they are likely, unless restrained, to cause severe damage, or that any damage they may cause is likely to be severe5.

A person is a keeper of an animal if he either owns it or has it in his possession, or if he is the head of a household

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