Many people find the idea of having wild animals as exotic as exotic and exciting. However, if you want a wild animal as a pet, you must have a thorough understanding of the animal, its behavior and its needs. People who have these animals as pets are always trained to handle them, but even they will say how unpredictable these animals can be. You may have read in the newspaper zookeepers mistreated by their neighborhood.
So having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some people like to point out the advantages, while others simply point out the disadvantages. However, both must be weighed equally and only then should a decision be made to keep a wild animal as a pet.
Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.
Sometimes conventional pets like dogs and cats cannot be kept due to lack of space. In such circumstances, one can keep a fauna like a hedgehog or a gecko as a pet because they do not require much space. Some wild animals have their own benefits. As a hedgehog can be used to keep insects and other pests at bay in a house.
Often it has been seen that buying a wild animal can be cheaper than buying a popular pet with a pedigree.
In addition, many proponents of wild animals believe that certain species have a better chance of survival if they are adopted. We have seen that the dart frog faces a problem in nature because its natural habitat is decreasing. Therefore, if this animal is adopted, it will have a better chance of survival.
However, there are enough drawbacks and drawbacks to owning wild animals as pets. First of all, the welfare of the animal must be taken into consideration. Having a fauna means taking due account of its diet, exercises and social interactions. Often the animal will have no interaction with other animals of its own species and will have to lead a lonely and lonely life. In addition, owners will not be equipped to provide proper care for animals, as they may not be well informed about these things. Many wild animals are cute and cuddly when they are small. However, as they reach adulthood or sexual maturity, their wild side takes over and the animal becomes aggressive. This is the time when many owners abandon their pets or give them to zoos.
Wild animals carry many deadly diseases for humans. For example, reptiles and amphibians are carriers of salmonella infection and each year thousands of people in the United States contract this disease from their pets. In addition, rats imported from Africa are known to carry monkey pox. An epidemic of this disease occurred in the United States in 2003 when Gambian rats introduced monkey pox to the country.
Above all, the demand for wild animals as pets is increasing. Many illegal traders are taking advantage of this demand. Most wild animals are captured and transported in a cruel and inhuman way to reach their owners. In addition, the majority of owners do not know how to take care of animals and this makes them fall sick or even die.
So weigh the pros and cons of having wild animals as pets before jumping to adopt one. Make sure you are well equipped to manage the care of the animal. Do not adopt it if you have doubts.
by Kum Martin