Demand for wild pets is increasing, thanks in part to internet videos showing how lovely they are. Owners in some cases publish recordings of wild animals under their care, coddling them as if they were tamed. Of course, there are animal welfare reasons why wild animals should not be kept.
None of them are domesticated!
They evolved to exist in their natural habitats rather than in human habitations. and the exotic pet trade is known for cruel treatment and is often fed by poaching. But there are more immediate and maybe selfish reasons: while being fluffy and cute, these creatures do not make ideal pets.
Foxes are not suggested as pets, with the exception of the small fennec fox (or the tamed silver/Siberian fox). Red foxes can grow quite docile, yet they are never completely trustworthy. And if they feel threatened, they will bite. They also have a musky odor that is much stronger than that of a ferret. Furthermore, because there is no immunization program for the fox, most jurisdictions will kill a pet fox if a bite is recorded.
2. Big Cats
Most of big cats kept as pets include cougars, lions, tigers, and leopards. They are the most powerful and deadly predators out there. Believe again if you think you can just declaw a cat to make it less of a menace. Declawing involves the removal of the whole last bone in each toe, which can cause an animal to walk incorrectly and result in excruciating pain and nerve damage. Moreover, large cats also kill their prey by biting the throat. If the teeth don’t kill you, their crushing jaw pressure will.
3. Venomous Snakes
Venomous snakes may kill you with a single bite, and antivenom is difficult to get. Some cobras may cause excruciating agony and blindness just by spewing their poison into your eyes. If dangerous snakes are maintained in the house, considerable precautions must be followed. If they do escape, you threaten not just your family’s life, but also the lives of your neighbors. There are plenty of pet snakes available that do not produce venom, so stick with the safer species.
Wolves and coyotes are not dogs that have been domesticated. They follow their instincts, hunting when hungry, playing when bored, and sleeping the rest of the time. They will attack if they feel threatened, and they may kill an animal several times their size. Furthermore, though wolfdogs are popular as pets, they are not really different from their pure wolf kin and should be avoided as well.
5. Sugar Gliders
Sugar gliders are one of the most popular exotic pets, thanks in part to captive breeding, which has made them widely available. These creatures, as the name indicates, can glide from tree to tree by stretching a web of skin between their front and forelimbs. They do, however, have sharp, scimitar-like claws that help them climb. Even though these nails are less than an inch long, they can make handling the animal unpleasant or even painful without gloves. People sometimes trim their claws but the procedure is tricky—one slight miscalculation could cost them a fingertip.
Primate animals include lemurs, capuchin monkeys, chimps, and baboons. They are adorable and childish, but they also act like babies all the time, complete with messes and screams. The most serious issue with pet monkeys is that they can go on rampages at any time. And, because they may be incredibly strong while being devoid of reason, the possibilities of efficiently managing them are minimal.
They also might bite their owners, which is especially scary given that they can transmit diseases, such as hepatitis A and HIV-1.
7. Red Pandas
Red pandas are distinguished by their rich, rust-colored coat, huge fluffy ears, and bushy ringed tail. But, despite their cute appearance, you wouldn’t want to cuddle with one: When they are startled, they may emit a powerful stench from their anal gland that is caustic enough to deter predators. These animals are threatened across their habitat, and commercial trade is prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
What possesses sharp teeth, carries rabies and SARS, sleeps all day, and flies all night? The bats! They’re adorable and interesting, but seeing them in the wild is the best way to appreciate them. In colder areas, bats may hibernate for months and survive for more than 30 years. Furthermore, their nutrition at night consists of insects, fruit, or blood (depending on the species), which is difficult to give sufficiently in captivity.
9. Large Snakes
The problem with keeping a large snake, or any snake for that matter, is that they are excellent escape artists. Should these animals find a way out of the enclosure of someone who didn’t research their needs diligently enough, sleeping children, pets, and sometimes adult humans are at severe risk from the unseen menace.
Are huge snakes suitable for inexperienced reptile keepers? Of course not, but they are widely available and hence deserve a presence on our list, as they are entirely capable of strangling an adult person if misfortune causes the snake to behave strangely.
Despite the fact that bears may reach more than 1,500 pounds when fully grown, some people regard them as charming, cuddly pet teddy bears. Bear cubs are gorgeous, but they don’t remain that way for long. They will soon tower above you when standing on their hind legs, and a rapid stroke from a paw may knock you over or perhaps kill you.
Perhaps think through before getting these wild animals as pets for your safety and for their freedom.
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