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Some wild animals do not make good pets, but some have been well domesticated over the years. Rats, for example, are not good animals to have in your home when they are wild, but when they are specially bred as pet rats — the ones that haven't been left to fend for themselves and pick up diseases out in the big, wide world — will be much safer.
Rats have been shown to be quite loving pets, and they’re fast learners too. They show compassion, kindness, and even an odd generosity that isn't often seen with animals at all, let alone rodents. When pet rats have been bought from reliable and reputable pet stores and breeders, they can make very good pets indeed. You do need to ensure you have done your due diligence though. If you don't care of your pet, no matter how tame or wild, it can become sick and die.
There seems to have been an increase for more ‘exotic’ pets over recent years, and this has led to some rather nasty incidences. These animals are wild animals, just as the name would suggest, and because of that, they are not used to being tamed. Their wild instincts will kick in from time to time, and this is something that takes many generations to cut free, not just a few weeks of basic home training. Many animals are incredibly tame as youngsters, but as they grow bigger and older, become aggressive and unmanageable. Raccoon babies, for example, are very cute, but once they turn into full blown adults that can tear siding and eaves from the side of your home, open latches and climb in through windows, and even rip apart an animal with sharp teeth and claws, they are a force to be reckoned with.
As well as needing very specific lifestyles, most wild animals also require a very specific diet. Without the right information and education, you may not feed your ‘pet’ wild animal the right food, and as well as leading to the animal becoming aggressive, and maybe even trying to break free to find what it wants, you also run the risk of making that animal very sick.
As well as the amount of exotic pets being on the increase, the amount of exotic and wild pets being released back into the wild again is also on the increase. Some animals also escape, and this can have deadly effects. When large and dangerous snakes break free from their vivariums they can pose a problem to local pets and people, and also the wildlife around them too. They can destroy entire ecosystems simply because they are not meant to be there. Some of these snakes are meant to be in Asia, and other parts of the world, and they wreak havoc when they are released into the wild, where they then breed and take over the wildlife that is meant to live there. Some snakes are unable to find food when they have been released into a brand new environment that they are not accustomed to. These species will likely die long and painful deaths, either starving because they are unable to find food, or coming under constant predatory attacks, because they simply do not know what these new predators are.
In some cases the species will thrive, and this is when they become an ‘invasive species’. They are not designed to live in the new territory, and their introduction to it will cause widespread ripples.
Wild animals are wild. They are meant to be wild. They are designed to live in the wild, and the majority of them do not handle taming missions very well. We would never recommend getting an exotic or wild pet without doing your due diligence first. It is a long-term commitment, with some of these animals requiring constant and round-the-clock care and monitoring for many years.
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