Saturday, 28 June 2014

Wild Pets.

This idea has always left me in awe; the idea of people keeping undomesticated animals as pets at home. I'm not talking about feeding a squirrel or a wayward goat and calling it theirs. I am speaking about the desire to have a wild animal such as a tiger, lion, chimp or orangutan to show off with. The reason why this talking point stuck with me so much was because as I was lost in an animal hashtagged instagram hole, I came across a picture of a male orangutan behind bars.

The orangutan had such a sadden look its face staring out between the bars of a cage, and the quote which went alongside really hit me and it hit me hard. 'This is what happens to a cute little pet baby orangutan when they grow up into a big, handsome but dangerous adult.  If he has been in captivity too long before arriving at a rehab center, he can’t really learn the skills to live in the wild, and is destined for a sad life behind bars.  Please don’t keep orangutans as pets.  Let them live in the wild!'  (taken from the natgeo instagram page).

I guess people want to keep wild animals as pets as they look nice and cuddly, and not like the average dog or cat until they reach the age of maturation and grow (up). Consequently their owners can no longer afford or cope with an adult animal, which may weigh or be stronger than the average human, and so is considered dangerous. I don't know whether it can be considered a good or bad thing but they have to be given to either a zoo or a reserve, as these animals brought up in captivity are incapable of surviving in the wild. 
image taken from Flickr.  An orangutan family at Singapore zoo.

In my opinion wild animals are exactly that, wild, and should be left there to roam free and not face a life restrained or behind bars, solely for our enjoyment.

As the image, which struck me was from an orangutan, I thought I would share with you some orangutan based information.

Orangutans are native residents of the Borneo and Sumatran rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia. Compared to many of the apes, these hairy orange creatures spend the majority of the time swinging through the trees.  However, the orangutan falls prey to tigers, clouded leopards, wild dogs and crocodiles. Orangutans themselves eat a variety of food, such as bark, termites, bird eggs and fruit.

Explorer fact: Orangutans can blow raspberries (so cute!!)

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