Many people find the idea of having wildlife as pet as exciting and exotic. However, if you want a wild animal for a pet, you should have thorough comprehension of the animal and its behavior and needs. The people who have these animals as pets are invariably trained to handle them, but even they will tell how unpredictable these animals can be. You might have read stories from the newspaper of zoo keepers being mauled by their wards.
So, having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some people like to highlight the pros, while some just point out the drawbacks. But, both should be weighed equally and just then a decision ought to be taken to keep a wild animal as a pet.
Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.
Sometimes, conventional pets such as dogs and cats cannot be kept because of lack of space. In such circumstances, one can maintain a wildlife like a hedgehog or gecko for a pet since they don’t need that much space. Some wild creatures have their own benefits.
Often it has been seen purchasing a wild animal can be less expensive than purchasing a pet that’s popular and has a pedigree.
Additionally, many proponents of wild creatures feel that some species have a higher chance of survival if they are adopted. Hence, if this creature is adopted, it will have a higher chance of survival.
However, there are sufficient cons and disadvantages of owning wild animals as pets. First of all, one has to take into account the welfare of the creature. Using a wildlife means giving due consideration to its own diet, exercise and social interactions. Often, the animal won’t have any interaction with other animals of its own species and will be left to leading a lonely and solitary life. Additionally, the owners will not be equipped to provide proper care to the animals since they may not be well-versed in these things. Many wild animals look cute and cuddly when they are little. This is the time many owners abandon their pets or give them away to zoos.
Wild animals are carriers of many diseases that are deadly to humans. For instance, reptiles and amphibians are carriers of salmonella disease and every year thousand of people in the US contract this disease due to their pets. Also, rats imported from Africa are known to carriers of monkey pox. An outbreak of this disease occurred in the US in 2003 when Gambian rats brought in the monkey pox to the country.
Above all, the requirement for wildlife as pet is increasing. So, many illegal traders are taking advantage of this demand. The majority of the wild animals are captured and then transported in cruel and inhuman manner to attain their owners. Additionally, most of the owners do not know to look after the animals and this causes them to fall ill or even die.
So, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of having wild animals as pets before leaping to adopt one. Be sure that you’re properly equipped to manage the maintenance of the animal. Do not adopt one in case you have any doubts.