Can wild animals ever be happy as pets?

  1. Nomascus concolor profile image60
    Nomascus concolorposted 5 years ago

    Can wild animals ever be happy as pets?

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  2. DreamerMeg profile image90
    DreamerMegposted 5 years ago

    The term "happy" is anthropomorphism, that is, attributing a human emotion to an animal. It is not possible to say whether an animal is "happy" or not". They may be "content", "restless", etc. But it is not possible to say if they are "happy". Whether it is "right" to keep a wild animal in captivity is a different matter. Animals need food, water, space to move according to their natural energy levels (some move a great deal, others hardly at all) and the ability to mix and breed with their own kind. If you can provide that, there may not be a problem with keeping a wild animal in captivity. If not, leave it where it is.

    1. Bob Bamberg profile image96
      Bob Bambergposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Meg.  Confining a wild animal, no matter how positive one believes the conditions are, goes against their natural instincts to be free and causes stress.  Captivity provides for all their needs except their most basic need: to be free.