>>2036749 Back in Ethiopia we used to keep a couple monkeys around. They came from the wild, but everyday they'd show up expecting food and we'd give it to them. We occasionally let them sleep at our balcony, where we'd have a nice campout. They used to beat up on my little brother whenever he tried doing something retarded, it was pretty funny. Man I miss those days.
>>2036844 It was 10 years ago, my parents probably have something though. I'll post them on /an/ someday though. >>2036871 Eh I liked Ethiopia. My parents were missionaries and at first I was pretty bummed out moving from Seattle to Ethiopia but every Ethiopian there was just so courteous. Whenever I have the time I'll try to go there for a vacation.
I'm Beta Israeli/Weyto from the Lake Tana region, missionaries are horrible but I'm glad you found the nation wonderful. >>2036749 None but with all my heart and soul I want a pygmy hippo. Hippos were an important food source in Weyto communities but also they aren't nearly as dangerous.
>>2038187 She's still a baby (about 2.5 months old) so she's a little skittish but she does like eating food from people's hands and licking fingers. The best time to hold her is when she's sleepy, otherwise she is lightning fast. And I would consider her a a smart little animal.
>>2038324 They are absolutely gorgeous animals, albeit pricey.
>>2037742 MY GOD I DIDN'T KNOW THOSE THINGS EXISTED and there used to be one in my house
>Live in the Southeastern US >one day a strange looking mouse with a broken bent tail just comes out of nowhere and sits on the arm rest of the couch and watches tv while my brother and me just watch him >eventually he gets up and goes back to his hole that we find in the wall >this becomes a daily occurrence of him coming out and watching tv >we even leave out treats and water for him >this goes on for over a year >mother catches him in a box >while my brother and me went out to get an aquariam to house him in my mother "accidentally" dropping cleaning fluid on him and drowns him >held a funeral for him and everything
Always just figured he was a strange looking mouse and never seen another that looked like him again but thats what he looked like
>>2038443 Rest in peace, little wall possum. It seems he had a pretty good life in your house with all the treats and such! Kinda weird how one found its way into your home, maybe it was a run away pet like >>2038484. They're masterful escape artists. Also their bent tails are prehensile so they can grab onto stuff, carry things around, or hang onto fingers if they need to.
>>2038585 She's almost big enough to eat a mouse. She eats a wide variety of foods (baby food, cat food wet and dry, fruit, bugs, yogurt) and needs a lot of protein in her diet. I'll feel bad for the mice but I want to feed my pet something she'll really enjoy.
We had a pet bobcat when I was a kid but I don't remember him very well. I was just a toddler at the time. Mom had him for a few years before I was born and he was just always kinda around and he wasn't a huge deal to me. He wasn't as cuddly as the dogs or the cat so I didn't really interact with him much.
Eventually, one of our neighbors dogs got loose and decided that they were going to chase/terrorize Bob and it didn't really go the way the dogs were expecting. One of the dogs died and they other ended up with enormous vet bills. Since mom didn't have an exotic animal license, the neighbor turned her in and she had to euthanize Bob. That's pretty much the only standout memory I have of him. I saw the whole thing with the dogs and mom cried for weeks over that bobcat.
>>2038672 no they don't their training is very different to the one say parrots have as pets, they stay arround because how >>2038770 they know they have an easier way finding food arround me, also they like me, birds of pray are raised since very young and by now I am basically his life partner, although i let her do stuff with other hawks from arround town, she always comes back.
>>2036749 I used to have a starling with a crippled wing that I kept with my gouldian finches. I suppose technically it was illegal since I didn't have a permit or anything. I just found her as a baby on the ground with a fucked up wing, and took her in, expecting she'd die, but she held on. I intended to release her, but it became clear the wing was never going to heal right and she never was able to really fly. She learned to mimic most of the finches' noises and they accepted her into their group, but she was a bit of a bully. Never a real threat, or else I would have separated her, but she didn't always play nice with them. She was really friendly to me, though and I kinda want another starling.
>>2041799 Clem's mom was hit by a car when she was a baby. A woman rescued her and her siblings and kept them too long for them to be able to be released back into the wild. Clem has a stump for her right front paw, and cannot walk on it properly so I don't think she would have done well in the wild even if she could have been released. It was the only way I could justify keeping her, as I'd prefer them to be able to be released. :(
Regardless, I had always wanted to keep one as a pet, and I'm very happy to have her. She's almost like a cat. Potty trained and everything!
We had a pet deer for a while. It was the greatest. We used to sneak her into the house to hang out with us til my dad made her go back outside. We put a little collar on her so we'd know what she was up to and unfortunately her collar identified her when my dad found her on the side of the road....
>>2041772 nah starlings are one of the few birds in the states not protected by any laws. you can do whatever to them. them, house sparrows, and your common pigeon/rock dove are all unprotected/invasive species.
so feel free to pick up another one and pat yourself on the back because you're keeping a potential breeding animal out of the population. it's a good thing. but for the record i really love starlings, too
>>2041920 It was pretty expected. My dad really wanted to try to integrate her back into the wild but we just loved her so e refused to listen to him and let her figure out how to be wild. She was so friendly and dumb. I'm surprised she wasn't eaten by a coyote. She would play with our dogs so she had zero sense of danger.
I had an opossum for just shy of four years growing up. He was cool. I wish I had pictures but I'm proud to say he was never obese nor had MBD. Your girl looks pretty healthy, I'm glad, anon. Usually the captive opossums I see look like their eyes are being crushed out of their sockets by their skull. How old is she? What do you feed her?
Yeah, I've noticed that too. They end up looking really creepy... Clem is almost 1 year old. She eats pretty much anything we have in the house that isn't processed. Veggies, Eggs with crushed eggshell, dubia roaches, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit. She's only really picky when it comes down to the veggies... But she loves avocado and broccoli, so she gets both of those quite often.
>>2042327 >Anyone who kills them is ignorant as fuck I work on a ranch, I shot the fucker because they get into the trash and fuck with my dogs. I'm not "ignorant as fuck", I don't fuck around with feral animals.
I've never had a raven, but when I was young my family had sulphur-cresteds (pic related, my sister's bird) and Galahs before. The problem with big birds is that they are super high maintenance and also have a tendency to destroy your house if left alone.
Pigeons are a nice middle ground at the moment. We are in a small apartment and can't afford for things to get wrecked, but they are still (actually very) intelligent so you can interact with them. They can also wear pants so they don't shit everywhere.
I would definitely look after and love a raven if I had the chance though. They are probably my second favourite bird (Choughs are my fav).
>>2042340 >get into trash Close your trash. Food outside just attracts animals. Raccoons and foxes are far more dangerous than an opossum ever would be. They aren't very skilled at climbing smooth surfaces, they aren't strong, they aren't good with latches/locks despite their 'hands' and they don't jump very well so I don't know what the hell you're doing with your trash if an opossum of all things can get into it. >fuck with my dogs Opossums are not fighters. They're terrible at it, in fact. They do not harass or provoke other animals. They hiss and bare their teeth, but thats an attempt to scare off predators because they're such shitty, uncoordinated fighters.
If you weren't an ignorant fuck then you would know opossums are harmless and actually good to have around unless you have an unsecured coop with chicks or eggs. Then again, if an opossum can get in, anything can get in. I like having them around, then again they don't bother my chickens. The chance of them having rabies is practically zero, they eat snakes, slugs/snails, rats, carrion laying around and they don't destroy my garden like groundhogs, raccoons and rabbits do. I love the little guys. I catch them all the time just to move them and its hard to take them seriously to the point where I get a little ahead of myself. I just grab and lightly toss them aside.
Careful, you're towing the line for a ban there. Show pictures of the alive ones instead.
If you can hand rear the coyotes you could try raising them amongst the sheep to ward off the wild ones. NFI if coyotes will do this, but I've heard about success with foxes and chickens before - although it's pretty out there. It can be difficult to train-out predatory behaviour in non domestic predators.
>>2042516 I don't get to pick how the trash is stored, I just do my job. I am told to shoot them, so I do. I have however persuaded the owners to let me trap Yotes and raise them as herd dogs.
I got to work with a raiser of Rhdoesian Ridgebacks, he puts them in big packs of 15 and let's them roam 20k acres of land and hunt anything on it by themselves. They come back by nightfall on their own. I'm going to try and reproduce that with the yotes.
>>2042327 Not only are they dangerous to your own animals, they're a pest. Vermin. Being that it's your pet is a whole other story, but if I see these fucks nesting in my attic or something, they need to die.
Coyotes are gregarious (like to hang out with other coyotes) but they don't have a pack bonding instinct like dogs. If you let them roam free the pack is liable to split and individuals will revert to wild animals.
You can't really think of yotes or foxes as smaller dogs. They lack those thousands of years of domestication which makes them instinctively bond with humans. You need to keep a close eye and put a lot of work into other canids if you want them to remain tame.
>>2042525 Opossums aren't vermin whatsoever, they just eat them. They also aren't dangerous to your animals unless you're completely retarded and are leaving baby chickens on your porch at night or something.
>>2042550 >Carry disease >Live in your attic and fuck up your insulation They sound like vermin to me. (because they are.) Wouldn't doubt they make good pets, but really. They're over sized rats, not some under rated helpful animal friend.
>>2042567 I had an alligator snapping turtle inside of a fenced in kiddie pool that was dug into the ground when I was really young. I had it for a few years until it bit the tip of a dumb ass little kids finger off and my mom made me release it. I could sit around him and move him without much fuss but he was a hellspawn to everyone else. he was atleast 1' wide and maybe 18+ inches in length.
>>2042567 Snapping turtles are so cute. They really don't look dangerous at all until too late. >>2042550 Completely agreed. If you have a working farm, these are some of the best animals to have around since they clean up carrion, rotting fruits and veggies and will eat small rodents and bugs. These guys will essentially help you keep your property clean. If it were me, I would be encouraging opossums and putting out smelly, rotting food for them since they primarily scavenge by scent. I would definitely want the opossum population to due a major boom. Ranches and farms attract all sort of rats and mice, which carry disease. Opossum will happily snack on disease carrying rodents and make you farm/ranch/whatever a lot healthier and safer.
>>2042684 Too low for rabies, I don't know about disease in general though. And while it's never been recorded, we don't actually know if possums can get rabies or not, but the chances are about as high as winning the lotto.
>>2042709 Still, the stuff I read had 'scientific studies' showing 'proof' that opposum could not get rabies. It kind of makes me want to take some college courses on being able to identify bullshit studies.
Got two pet sheep. They're twins, born premature and tiny. It was our mistake, their mother was barely a year old when she had them and we didn't realise that she was able to come into season so early, so she was way too tiny herself to be having lambs.
I bottlefed them and as expected got way too attached, so not they're just going to be companions for our ram when he gets separated from the girls. Pic related is the smaller one, Boots. The bigger one is Tubs. They're very affectionate and will come up and stuck their heads in your armpits if you sit down near them!
>>2043364 Look up naturepunk on tumblr. She has a Blue Bay Shepherd and talks a lot about him and is very knowledgeable about wolfdogs in general. I am sure she'd be more than willing to answer any questions about the breed.
>>2043399 Sure do! I'll just post a few so I don't drown the thread in adorable lambs, but I've been photographing them at every opportunity. Pic is Boots (again) about a week ago; he's grown up lovely and strong as has his brother.
>>2043428 Boots (in front) and Tubs (behind) at about 1'1/2-2 months. I had them up in our chicken coop for a while until they were big enough to go out in the field without being taken by a fox. Only downside was they weren't weaned so I was having to wake up at midnight and drag my sorry ass up to the coop in the freezing cold to feed them. Worth it, though!
>>2043429 Boots and Tubs at about 2 weeks. They were ridiculously small and I had them in my room for a good few weeks because a) they were too small to deal with the cold and b) I was feeding them like 4 times a night an there was not a chance in hell I was going outside four times a night, getting up was bad enough
>>2043430 Aaaand last pic, them when they were born. I must have caught them literally minutes after they were born, they were still toasty warm and slimy. Their mother was a really young ewe, as I mention, and was just looking at them really confused. She gave them a few nudges but made no attempt to lick them or encourage them to stand, and only Tubs was making an effort to get up, but it really was not working. I had a friend with me who has way more experience with livestock and she told me to either pick them up and bring them in, or accept that they were going to die in a few hours. Pretty good crash course in 'how to deal with baby lambs' though! Great experience overall, would recommend. Aside from the month of sleepless nights, that was shit.
>>2043398 Thanks. I'm reading through and she seems to say that its not as the breeder describes. But at the same time, she also acknowledges that Jude is a rescue dog and she is the third owner. I am getting mixed signals here whether its a problem with the specific dog, whether the first two owners instilled bad traits into him, or whether the breed isn't as described.
>>2043364 What kind of fucking douchebag wants an apartment friendly wolf? Everyone with a wolfdog just wants their dick sucked because they have a cool pet. Every twelve seconds there's another social media post with "#wolf #wolfdog #wolfhybrid #halfwolf #wolfhusky #wolfski #dogwolf #coolpets #pleasepayattentiontonme #midcontentwolf #huskywolf #dogs #wolves" from them. They're only bred for money, and only bought to compensate for dick size.
My family had a pet owl when I was young. Hooty, a gray eastern screech owl. My brother found him in the woods, on the ground, during a thunderstorm. He was dying so we took him in. We intended to nurse him back to health and then release him back into the wild. But he had a bad eye. He was blind in that eye and we figured he would not be able to survive with a bad eye and no depth perception. So we kept him in the house as if he was a parrot or something.
He was a good bird. Very smart and affectionate. Loved to have his neck scratched. Loved to bathe himself in the sink. We let him fly around the house most of the time and roost on things. His lack of depth perception was apparent. He tended to stumble into things when he landed.
We fed him live mice often. And canned cat food... not sure if that was good for him... But we didn't know what to feed him. He was with us for seven years before he died. Kind of young. His diet was likely the cause. I think he lived a happy life with us.
It's a shame I do not have a picture. I'm on a new computer. Just imagine the owl in the picture has one grayed over eye that's half shut.
>>2043974 Personally I always wanted to raise a real wolf. Maybe not as a pet, but definitely would like to be close to them. I've just really liked wolves ever since I was a child. Not based on any mystic bullshit that you see all over the wolfdog blogosphere, but just because wolves are my favorite animals.
I just would never get a wolfdog based on the fact that I'm in college and it'd be torture to one to have it locked up when they roam so much in the wild. I wouldn't be able to care for one correctly. I like to consider myself responsible, so its really not an option.
So the idea of an apartment friendly wolfdog seems appealing to me, personally, because it lets me be a total wolfaboo and still not torture it by having it not need to roam everywhere.
Just my take. I also think I'd actively try to make up a bunch of stuff so people don't think its a wolfdog desu. It seems annoying to have everyone asking "omg is that a wolf" when you are out trying to socialize him.
>>2044319 I guess at this point? I really don't know their personalities, because I've interacted with a real wolfdog. I think if I ever had enough space for one I'd go visit some to see what they're like. I'm not going to get an animal with a personality I don't care for.
>>2044079 My friend works over at a pretty well known wildlife refuge and they have wolves there. He's always loved wolves but didn't like telling people because of stereotype of people that like them. It's great what he gets to do unless you're running a sanctuary I can't see anybody raising a wolf except under special circumstances. The owner there raised 2 of them and they kind of grew up together it's really nice.
>>2045579 Yeah, I pretty much feel the same as your friend. I'd love to work with a sanctuary/refuge is pretty much what I mean.
Yeah, I'm not sure how real the stereotype is, but if they are half as bad as the stereotype is, wolf-fans are insufferable.
I mean, literally everywhere you go to look into things you see people going on about "this wolf was searching for his alpha, and you are searching for your pack, you are destined" and bullshit like that. I don't think I'm like that, I just think they're beautiful and, for lack of a better word, cool, and interesting.
>>2045627 They're really great animals. I'd recommend trying to volunteer at a place. He got in pushing himself as being able to do handiwork (fixing the place up he use to work construction) and he just worked hard and less than a month he was with the wolves.
found a chickadee in the woods with a hurt wing when i was a kid, took it in, put it in an old bird cage and nursed it back to health. had it for nearly 6 months, never really took it out since it was wild but it was sweet, never tried to nip me when i fed it. took it to school once for show and tell, facsinating for the time i had it, ended up playing soccer in the summer and the ball i kicked hit the cage and knocked it over, letting it escape. it sucked but it was the first bird i had and its why i ended up getting a couple of parakeets.
Back in '97 I raised a hyena pup until '00. A friend of a close family friend of mine needed to "move" due to legal troubles after having gotten involved with some "bad guys" and needed to have someone look after a pet of his that he acquired. I didn't have any pets at the time and was open minded so I volunteered. After about 2 weeks I received it on my front porch in a little pet carrier. It was pretty passive, friendly, and acted just like a cat for those three years. Poor thing died of natural causes (I guess)... One day when I got back from classes I found it dead inside it's kennel in the garage.
>>2043974 I'm the person who owns Chewie(my timber I posted). I refuse to even acknowledge these retards who claim they want a "wolf pet". They shouldn't even be referred to as a "pet". I work at a Wolf Rescue.
>>2042516 >Opossums are not fighters. They're terrible at it, in fact Holy fuck anon are you serious you must only ever deal with domesticated possums, I have seen a wild possum tear the stomach out of a full grown Rottweiler. possums get very very aggressive if you get too close to a nest or food source
I have some spiders that I brought into my property on purpose, their numbers were running short around the area a couple years ago... And now there's plenty. I provide food and good locations for them to build webs, there's 50+ of them all over my front and back yards.
>Brown Widows (Latrodectus Geometricus) >Silver Argiopes (Argiope Argentata) >Spiny Orbweavers (Gasteracantha Cancriformis) >Had a couple Nephila that died of old age
Currently raising two wounded Sphinx moths (Pseudosphinx Tetrio) indoors. I love moths since they can't bite and look smug af.
My favorite spider ever (hopefully the first and last I'll ever encounter) was a Brazilian Wandering Spider. Has literally the most potent venom of all spiders but it was a "kill or keep" situation. Turned into a chill bro after a couple weeks of trying to bite me through the glass, though obviously I never tried to handle him.
My current dream is getting a huge setup so I can raise Orb Weavers indoors, it would be lovely to just have a huge glass cage in my living room with a couple Golden Orb Weavers and Silver Argiopes inside.
These are getting more common as pets but I had her before she was cool. Lived a long ass time for a hedgehog, I miss the fuck out of her. She would curl up in a tight ball when anyone but me picked her up. I was petsitting my sister's pets when my roommate called and told me she died.
God, if I had the cash and the time I would love to get a domesticated fox. They seem neat but I would hate to own something that I can't properly provide for. Props to exotic owners who can give their little homies an awesome life, I'm really jealous.
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