Your love for animals is palpable. If you want to domesticate a wild animal, you may need to rethink the whole idea, even if the critters seem harmless! It is very common to see people trying to tame animals like rabbits, raccoons and skunks in their homes. Oakville Animal Control strongly discourages this practice. Wild animals, according to them, tend to be aggressive and cannot be domesticated inside the home. Keeping these critters in a confined space may also lead to run-ins with the law if the state does not permit it.
Curious to know what other reasons make taming wild animals a bad idea? Continue reading to find out more.
Illegal in many states
Domesticating a wild animal is strictly illegal in many areas. You might even land with hefty fines and even prison time if you keep a critter confined at home. Many states in the country require special permits and licences to keep these animals. However, licenses and permits are applicable only for educational or commercial needs.
If the animals fall in the ‘protected species’ category, be prepared for a long run-in with the law.
Impossible to tame
Do not get tempted by all the hunky-dory and funny videos you watch over the internet! Unlike dogs, cats or parakeets, wild animals like raccoons or skunks cannot be domesticated. They tend to forage their surroundings, and keeping them inside makes them no different. A pet racoon or skunk is most likely to leave you with chewed drywalls, littered food containers or torn upholsteries.
These animals are also prone to chronic boredom and stress if kept confined in a small space. It can sometimes lead to ‘bad’ behaviour. And yes, we have already warned you about the consequences!
Cohabiting with humans might be tough
Dogs, cats and several other domesticated animals have been tamed for centuries. The long years of taming have given these animals the temperament and size distinct from their wild cousins. Wild animals thus need a long history of cohabitation to get attuned with human’s lifestyles. Although a few are harmless, wild animals are better off living independently without any human interactions.
Taming an inherently dangerous wild animal can be unhealthy even when adopted and reared for a long time.
Carriers of deadly diseases
Animal control units warn residents to stay away from wild animals as they are asymptomatic carriers of deadly diseases like rabies, tuberculosis, herpes, polio, salmonella and distemper. They also carry parasites like intestinal worms that can be quite harmful to humans.
Wild animals are meant to live wild
While cute-looking wild animal offspring are irresistible, they tend to pick up their innate animal instincts when they grow up. They can cause pain and injuries, making you legally responsible for the damages they inflict.
It is not always necessary to tame an animal to show them empathy or kindness. Be constructive, thoughtful and more beneficial in the following ways:
- Avoid your instinct to raise abandoned wild animals and turn them over to licenced rehabilitators as soon as possible. These agencies ensure that animals are not caged and are returned to the wild safely.
- Install squirrel or bird feeders in your backyards. This ensures that animals are not disturbed in any way.
- Finally, advise others against the dire consequences of taming a wild animal, especially kids who might develop an unrealistic fondness for wild animals.