Alternative Pets and Their Downfalls
Pet Ownership Has Its Rewards
As I write, my Chihuahua sighs next to me. She is waiting for her evening walk, but she won't get up to ask for it. She will wait until I tell her it's time to go, because she is faithful and determined to do whatever my heart desires. She will not budge from my side, and if anyone tries to pick her up or otherwise make her move, she will put them in their place. Her spot is next to me. There is no where else in this world she would ever want to be.
Some pets are that way. They are faithful and devoted to their owners. They lower blood pressure and heighten our sense of self esteem. They help us feel better about life and make us happier in general. Some pets, however, are great for a short time - then they turn back to their natural state and become quite dangerous indeed.
Tigers are number one on the list because they are always being acquired then rejected after something bad happens, and it's a mystery as to why people never learn. They are cute as heck when they are kittens - they're the size of a small dog and they're so cuddly! They will play and it doesn't hurt any more than a standard housecat because their strength isn't in yet. They don't have the knowledge or the temperament yet to really hurt anyone. People are drawn to these little cuties and will keep them everywhere, including stifling apartments.
The problem comes when the animal gets older. Tigers, as the reach puberty, begin to develop a temperament suitable for the jungle - kill or be killed. They are near the top of the food chain in their natural habitats and have the attitude to match as adults. People get emotionally attached to these animals as the animal draws away from the person, and it all ends when the animal attacks. Additionally, tigers are prowlers - they need a large range to explore and hunt. Being kept in a cage or, even worse, a small apartment makes the animal nervous. It pushes against every natural fiber of their being. The animal becomes testy and attacks soon after entering adulthood.
Roy Horn Tiger Attack
People live with wolves in the same manner and for the same reasons as the tigers. The pups are so cute and snuggly. Wolves are pack animals and want to snuggle when they sleep, especially the pups. In the wild, the pups would sleep in a pile on top of each other, so it's only natural that the babies would pile onto humans when brought into captivity. People keep these animals like dogs, but they are in no way dogs. They are wild animals and will eventually act as such.
As with the tigers, the wolves become hunters around the time of puberty. This time frame happens much faster than humans; it only takes wolves a year to become mature. Like the tigers, the wolves need a wide hunting range to keep themselves psychologically satisfied. When humans keep these animals in pens or, worse, in a house, it's only a matter of time before they will suffer a psychotic break and attack someone. When tigers and wolves are kept indoors, it's not a question of if they will attack, it's a question of when.
Monkeys make the list because there are simply too many stories of primate attacks. People adopt these animals due to their likeness to humans and their ability to interact with us, often on a higher level than domesticated animals. However, chimps, macaques and other primates of this genre are just a bad idea to keep as a pet.
These animals can be very loving and a part of the family for decades before attacking someone. This is why the attack is often a heartbreaking surprise. The animals don't always attack their loved ones; they might attack someone else, but they will eventually attack. The reasons for their aggression varies by the animal's class or breed, but many scientists believe the aggression comes from illnesses commonly caught by monkeys. The monkeys can't tell the humans they are hurting so they get aggravated and driven to lash out. Unfortunately, they don't realize their own strength and must often be killed to be stopped.
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Yes, bears. People keep bears as pets because they're exotic and exciting. They are sweet as babies and their fur actually stays soft as they get older. They are attractive because they are outside of the box, furry and soft to the touch.
They are also far more dangerous than many other animals on this list. Bears, like the wolves and tigers, need a wide berth for their hunting grounds. They will become agitated faster than their counterparts at being caged, however, and are far more vicious than the wolves. They don't do well psychologically to being caged at all, no matter how long they are in the cage. Some pet bears are kept in cages for decades.
There are plenty of wild bear attack stories. There are rules for hikers who encounter bears. There are areas of the mountains where humans are asked to evacuate because of the bears. How does it make any sense at all to keep these animals in a cage as pets? Leave the bears in the wild so no one is attacked.
I am not a pet
Look But Don't Touch
These animals are very cuddly and adorable when they are babies. They are fun to play with and interesting to watch, especially during their first year. Remember, though, these animals grow up fast and their natural instincts come in quickly. There are reasons why the experts rescue, heal then RELEASE these animals back into the wild!
If you are a fan of these animals, that's great. Go to the zoo. Participate in special feeding times or petting areas for these animals. Get as close as the experts deem safe, but leave these animals to the experts! They are paid to professionally care for these animals and to learn how to deal with the animals once they reach their aggressive states. Never keep them as pets.
Get a cat that looks like a tiger or a dog that resembles a bear. Snuggle with them and enjoy 10-14 years of companionship. Leave the wildlife in the wild, where it belongs.