I am a huge animal lover. I will pet any animal. Dogs, cats, horses, bunnies. But wild animals? Everywhere I look nowadays, people are posting pictures of wild animals either as pets or petting them. Squirrels. Lots of baby squirrels that fell out of tree and people rescue them and take them home and raise them. Some stay and never leave. And they LOVE their people! They LOVE to be petted! They LOVE blankets! So cute!
But wait a minute. There is nothing like this in the wild. The momma squirrel is not covering them with blankies and giving them binkies. Owls aren’t closing their eyes and kissing each other. Otters aren’t floating on their backs in bathtubs posing for pictures.
Just look on Facebook. Every other post is a wild animal being petted or better. Are there really all these people out there thinking, gee, I think I will bring home an owl and pet it? Where are they coming from? How is this happening? Don’t these wild animals bite or have diseases? The pictures make them look so cute and cuddly.
I really thought I wanted a baby otter. I mean, look at face! But then I read that although they are very cuddly and loving, they are very smelly. They like spreading their, um, feces, around. Ok, that’s a deal breaker! But in the wild, floating around with their babies on their bellies? Too cute.
Most wild animals ARE smelly. They purposely spread their scent around, in a variey of ways, which are not conducive to homes, to mark their territories. Think of a house cat, which even though domesticated, still marks. And walking your dog, having to stop at every tree and bush. This is remnants of their wild side.
So, bottom line, I love the pictures and videos. I pet my cats more now because of it. And Izzy loves watching the videos with me. It is entertaining and beneficial for all of us, lol.
But I still wonder where they get all these animals/birds/reptiles…. and how do they know they will be friendly? Don’t forget about Grizzly Man, who thought the bears loved him, until they ate him and his girlfriend. And those videos of the lions running at the man, and they hugging him? I’m not sure until the last second what their intention is.
So go hug a pet today. Wild or otherwise.