In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, visitors play raccoon at Little Zoo Café in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Asia goes wild for animal cafesCat cafes where customers sip lattes while petting resident kitties are just opening their doors around the U.S. and Europe. At Tokyo's Snake Center, visitors pay 1,100 yen (about $11) for a cup of coffee and a slithery friend to wind around their arm; a plate of curry bread snacks or a really big snake costs extra."I wanted there to be a place where people can come learn about the animals," said Wachiraporn Arampibulphol. A year ago, she opened an exotic animal cafe in Bangkok, after a visit to an owl cafe in Tokyo.There are now more than 100 cat cafes listed in Japan, 50 in Tokyo alone.American and European cat cafes have stringent health and safety regulations that sometimes ban actually petting animals, or require cats to remain well-separated from food.
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