Appraisal Expert Witness Estimates Value of Rare Animal

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on September 25, 2017

Appraisal Expert WitnessThis customs case takes place in Wisconsin and involves a rare bird that died due to inadequate care, necessitating the services of an appraisal expert witness to evaluate the bird’s value. The plaintiff owned a collection of rare and exotic animals, including a bird with extremely specific care instructions. In order to maintain the animals, the plaintiff had hired a third party company. Over an extended period of time, the keepers sent by the company disregarded the bird’s care instructions. Eventually, the plaintiff returned from a two week vacation to find the bird dead.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Are you familiar with the valuation of animals? Please elaborate.
  • 2. Have you ever served as an expert witness on a case similar to the one described above?
  • 3. Please tell us why you're qualified to serve as an expert reviewer of this case.

Expert Witness Response E-009724

I am very familiar with animal valuation. I currently own and operate my own ranch where we valuate and sell exotic animals. The valuation depends on a number of factors besides the obvious physical description. The birds are similar to horses in that they are bred to certain specifications — bird valuation depends on their lineage and area of origin (domestic birds being much more affordable than imported Japanese variety). I have not served as an expert but welcome the opportunity and feel very well qualified to do so.

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