Wild animals being kept as pets
I would like to see some views without criticizing me. I have been criticized greatly on the birdwatching forum about keeping a Mourning Dove i rescued after it fell from a nest. Some people go all out crazy about any wild creature of any type being kept in captivity.
My opinion? If it needs rescuing...rescue it. If it is something the cat would have gotten to in a few seconds if I didn't find it...well, then it is probably something I'm going to try to care for myself. The following I always try rehabbing myself: lizards, toads, birds, voles, all those small things. Things I would DEFINATELY find a rehabber for: baby deer, opposum, raccoon (i wouldn't even pick these guys up...let alone get near it), endangered species like Blue Birds. Some people are raised different from others. I'm raised in an area where people do these things themselves. I'm not in a big city where a person can get to my house in less than an hour to gather up the wild animal. so anyway, I rescued a dove. It is now at least 2, maybe 3 months old. She is happy, healthy, etc. she's also not a very bright animal, I might add. She doesn't try to escape like she wants to be free either. In fact, she enjoys living with me. It's what she knows. If she hadn't imprinted on me and hadn't gotten over her fear of dogs...I'd probably release her, but for now and probably for always she will be "a pet". If I think her quality of life had diminished living indoors than I will risk all and set her free and hope for her best. But for now, she is the sweetest, most loveable little bird who likes to snooze on my desk and peck at my teeth.