Animals you'd love to keep as a pet but are impractical/impossible for whatever reason?
I love Armadillos and similar little armored mammals but I'm pretty sure it would be impossible for me to get one outside of the Americas. I'm planning on looking into a couple of Hedgehogs at some point instead since they are relevent to my interests and way easier to get/keep.
What animal would you like to have around if getting, keeping or domesticating wasn't an issue?
I'm aware, but it's far less of an issue with any raised in captivity for a few generations, same with the leprosy thing.
Regardless, it's about animals you'd keep if it were more practical for yourself to
The only animal I'd ever keep as a pet is the dog, mainly because they have been domesticated for tens of thousands of years for that very purpuse, and will live a very fulfilling life, even in captivity.
I've never understood the whole "this animal is so awesome, I must own it" mindset that infest our culture. It's probably yet another way for the post-modern human to affirm their "unique" identity(some do it by appropriating "exotic" cultures, some by getting "exotic" pets).
Animals aren't collectors' items, but individuals with their own life goals(albeit usually not very complex ones).
It's hardly a modern thing. 99% of people who keep any animal aren't doing it for any practical reason. Even dogs are fetishized by people. See any "desireable" vanity breed that otherwise may suffer physical issues.
People have been keeping lots of animals just for the sake of ornamentation or companionship for a long time.
Things l like tarantulas don't have any more autonomy than a roomba does. You're advocating for the individual rights of things that can't even think.
Roombas that eat bugs are interesting and keep.
I didn't know you were so trendy, Bugguy.
I'd love to keep some bees, but I live in the suburbs.
I don't know about low density suburbs, but I live in a high rise suburb, and up until a few years ago there was some organisation keeping bees just about a hundred meters from my block. A low density suburb should probably be(e) fine.
> No cats
Lucky bastard, I have to keep them in an enclosure of temporary fencing (pic kinda related) at night.
> Cats try and hunt my bantam.
> One literally lives in a storm drain next to my house
> Hawk killed my other bantam
> Stray dogs snooping around
> Possum trying to steal the corn I leave out for the chooks
my plants killed most cats in my neighbourhood before I removed my hedges, they were sometimes able to get through those.
they can't get over my fences with barbed wire though, so that problem is mostly solved.
I have a border in my garden that I don't use yet, how wide would a cage for them to sleep in need to be, the border is about 1 by 3 metres.
I have a hut inside of the fencing that the nesting boxes are in.
I'll have to take a pic in the morning.
>pretends to be a smartass in every thread
>does not know how to google shit
Yes they'll fuck up your more fragile plants, anything they don't destroy will FUCKING FLOURISH from the shit they produce.
Spuriously, they also keep the soil soft by digging constantly. That and the earthworms in my garden have NEVER been bigger.
I don't have a whole lot of fragile plants luckily.
they wouldn't rip plants out of my fern wall?
Kingfishers. I want an aviary with a pond full of minnows and a single kingfisher.
I just want a fucking horse, one dude in particular.
He's a 2-year-old thoroughbred colt, just starting his racing career at the barns where I work. He's incredibly chilled and quiet for a colt on racing feed. He's extremely easy to handle and is one of the only horses I actually trust to never kick or bite me.
He always pokes his head out of his stall to say hello and loves being scratched and cuddled.
If I won the lottery I would buy him instantly and he could live on a farm with me and some other horsebros.
Fuck this job. Getting way too attached to these animals, haha. Becoming worse than the horsiest people on /an/.
What do you feed yours? My MIL has some chickens and nothing grows in their pin. We moved the pin a couple years ago and still nothing will grow where it used to be. Then again, she feeds them her food scraps for whatever reason
Illegal to import due to ban on African rodents for risk of monkey pox.
I'd love to keep chickens, I have enough room to build a coop (7 acre yard) but I already have three dogs and one has a ridiculously high prey drive and she would probably kill the chickens and eat their eggs
I used to work in a big animal farm that worked for pet stores and science labs :
I am french btw
Rats (lab rats, pet rats, breeding rats) I worked here
Octodons (not exactly rats)
Gerbils (althrough not thoses, smaller ones)
Bunnies/rabbits (hey hare even, or tamed "Garenne" type don't remember )
and the gerbils were with squirrels the most inadapted species for small enclosures.
I mean each gerbil required at least 0,8cubic meter of space per animal otherwise it would be the shitty battlefied of an overcrowded cage.
Squirrels were like in the 1 to 1.1cubic m range and staff would overcrowd the fuck out of any cage for "sotcking pet stores" leading in dead baby squirrels...
a lab rat needed .3 cubic meter of space to be breed.
Man I hated that job, the research Institute I worked with treated lab rats mices and bunnies way better.
I sometimes wish I had a bird again. When I was around 7 I had a pair of budgies. I almost tamed one of them. The other one was just too feisty. We had to get rid of them to move in with my Grandma who had a ton of cats.
I wouldn't be able to keep up with the cleaning and the attention. My cat wouldn't be a problem because he's very easily trained. I also work from home on the phone, so loud noises would be a problem too. Oh and I move around a lot so it may upset the bird moving to a new place all the time.
I also think having a cutesy rodent like a squirrel, racoon, or skunk would be really interesting. But, I know I can't give them the proper attention and keep up with the hygiene.
I also want a dog to wrestle with and have fun with. But, yet another thing that I probably shouldn't try to tackle until I own a house.
Gonna just keep being happy with my cat and keep hugging him while I work. He'll benefit with the shower of toys, furniture, and attention.
I want to start my own platypusery, but it is illegal to catch a platypus and upside down emu land won't allow them to be exported.
That doesn't really matter in todays world. Armadillos don't usually carry it, and worst case scenario it's easily treatable long before it gets bad.
Leprosy only used to be such an awful thing because there wasn't a known way to treat it.
>Love these motherfuckers to death
>Have to live in the spooky abyss
>Can't bring one up cause it'll die
>Don't want to go down because I'd just die coming back up