It seems that there’s a problem with people in Alaska wanting to touch baby moose- and even wanting to keep them as pets!
According to the Associated Press, there have been a string of incidents involving people in Alaska trying to do just that. Persons in Willow had a baby moose in their back yard in a dog run with a collar around its neck. Some folks in Wasilla had a baby moose in their living room.
But it’s not just moose, is it?
In recent years there have been a rash of stories of people taking in baby deer and raising them as pets.
And look at all the other wildlife humans have tried to tame in order to keep them for their entertainment- big cats, monkeys, snakes, birds, sugar gliders.
Why do we do that?
Ask most of these owners of “exotic” pets, and they’ll tell you how cute the animal is. They wanted it. They’ll throw up that it’s not against the law and they have the RIGHT to own that animal if they want to.
Or how about those that claim they had to or the baby would have otherwise died. Then when caught by local authorities, they launch a social media campaign to encourage others to side with them so they can keep the animal in captivity.
Taking in wild animals as pets requires the animal be removed from its mother when very young in order to acclimate to humans.
Many of these “pets” die prematurely from lack of appropriate care.
But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part is the way these animals live. Oh sure, to you humans, it looks like a great gig. A nice home. Good food.
But put yourself in that animal’s place. As an infant you are removed from your mother and placed with creatures that are nothing like you, and with these creatures you will spend the rest of your life. No contact with others of your species. Confined. Your movements controlled, as is what and when you eat. And as you get older and reach puberty, you become more dangerous to the humans, and the attention you receive will most likely decrease significantly.
What a depressing existence. In my mind, that’s a fate worse than death.
I do not understand how it is that humans love to kill animals, and keep them as pets, but they don’t seem to be so keen on allowing animals to just live the way nature intended.