I have a pet.....alligator

@Theresaaiza (10454)
Australia
December 18, 2009 10:39pm CST
Do you think or agree that keeping animals (especially the endangered ones) as pets will help preserve their specie? I had to throw this question because I know someone who takes care of exotic animals and I remembered him saying that because of this hobby, he creates balance in the ecology because without him, these animals would have died out there in the wild!?! I personally think that in order for endangered species to still be given a chance to proliferate, they must be placed in a shelter that at least matches with its natural habitat, and the procedures done on them must not violate a lot of biological rules or patterns. I have nothing against people with peculiar hobbies. It's just that I found his opinion rather...incorrect. what do you think?
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
20 Dec 09
I would have to agree with you on that one. If they really do want them to help, they should set them free on their natural habitat. Contribute in creating an environment wherein these species can continue to exist without worry. If their place is actually similar to the environment that these animals live in, I guess that's okay. If these animals can actually catch their pray, not being spoon fed, then I guess there's nothing wrong...?
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
I have watched protected shelters or zones for animals in discovery channel and I really admire the people who are behind it. They give wildlife a chance to really be what they are, offering "spoonfed" interventions only when very necessary, like bottle feeding abandoned cubs, or cubs whose mothers have been killed or hunted by poachers.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
They are pretty impressive indeed. They would help out animals and helping them gratifies them a lot.
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@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
10 Feb 10
Hellllooooow ratyz! hahaha! how are ya! Took me centuries to respond, right?
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@ElicBxn (60677)
• United States
20 Dec 09
Unless he's trying to breed them, then I agree with you - and besides, alligators aren't endangered any more!
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
Hi elic, don't worry, I wasn't keeping a gator as a pet. I made the title up. :)
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@ElicBxn (60677)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I actually met someone who had one for a while, until he discovered that the little nipper was harder to keep than he thought it would be...
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
10 Feb 10
I wonder what made him think the gator was gonna be cute forever? Looks can be deceiving!
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
19 Dec 09
Animals like gators should NEVER be kept as pets. They are dangerous animals. If wild animals are being kept to preserve the species they should be kept in an area that matches their natural habitat as much as possible. Making pets out of them does them irreversible harm. Should their numbers rebound, those kept as pets would be unable to survive in the wild.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
21 Dec 09
Hi bellis, well I need to apologize on something first. ABout the alligator? I just made that up. For catchy title or stuff. BUt if some people actually kept gators as pets, it's totally up to them but keeping such animals take a lot of responsibility. You were right about their numbers rebounding to a much uncontrollable degree. And my wouldn't that be scary?
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
21 Dec 09
I was glad to hear that you don't actually have an alligator as a pet. Baby alligators are cute, and children are fascinated by them. Many indulgent parents will buy one for their child, but those little pests grow fast. Soon they have outgrown whatever container in which they had been kept, and not knowing what else to do with the no longer little critter, daddy takes it down to the park and turns it loose in the lake or river. In this way, alligators have been introduced to areas of the country to which they are not native. Bye, bye ducks that the children loved to feed. The natural order of the area is interrupted.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
LOL @ bye,bye ducks! Poor things didn't know what hit them! haha. Duh, I would rather keep gator stuff toys than the live ones. Their natural instincts to kill just surfaces later on.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
20 Dec 09
Zoo's are the proper place to keep endangered animals, but alligators are not endangered. While vacationing in Florida I saw lots of Alligators, and believe you me, those creatures are no Pets. An alligator not even half grown can, and will, grab a medium sized dog and drag it under the water where it quickly drowns. I've seen alligators 0ver 15 feet in length. I would not want one of these ugly monsters for a pet!
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
Hi barehugs, , how's the yoga? Anyway, ummm....the alligator as my pet isn't true. Just did it for a catchy title. Me neither, I wouldn't want something large and green inside my household! So what's your opinion about the question that I threw? Do you think keeping animals as pets will help preserve their specie? And about zoos? I don't quite agree either. There are many zoos that do not provide an environment closest to the animals natural habitat. I do not know with some high-end zoos though but as far as I could see in the zoos that I have visited, tigers in 8 x 11 sq.foot cage is definitely not home away from home.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
There does seem to be a lot of controversy about zoos keeping endangered animals. One of the good stories is about the Panda Bears of China. These animals would have been extinct by now had it not been for the zoos in Asia and North America.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Dec 09
...Hi Theresaaiza, This is interesting, if you are keeping these animals for the sake of preserving them, what happens when for instance the alligator grows to a size that needs more space than you have or is this a preservatory? My other question would be are the animals being bred for sale? If the person is lawfully taking care of the animals I don't see what would be wrong. Take care.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
19 Dec 09
...Hi again Theresaaiz, I had a final thought. I don't think keeping them as they are will save them from extinction, especially if they are not having baby animals. What is the point of just keeping them as pets?
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
Hi artistry, well firstly, I hope you weren't tricked into believing that I was actually breeding a gator in my backyard! But I do apologize. I tried on a catchy title and that was what came into my mind. But all of what you said was right, if an animal is only kept as a pet, and that pet is not breeding at all, then definitely there's no specie-preservation going on. However, I believe that this discussion transcends human laws. Let us look at the natural law. Yes, selling, keeping, or breeding some animals may be in accordance to some human laws but turn out to ruin the natural laws. Like for example, here in the Philippines, hunting and eating the meat of the Monitor Lizard is not really illegal. I haven't known of anyone being imprisoned for such but then, their numbers have declined because of this. My point is, human laws and natural laws sometimes do not necessarily jive. Thanks for the response! Have a great day!
• Romania
19 Dec 09
Wow you have a pet alligator that is a crazzy, I like you're brave and crazy (take it as a compliment) An alligator I've seen only in movies, i would be interested in feeling , to live with an alligator in the house , sorry for my english
@mysdianait (64067)
• Italy
19 Dec 09
Hope he doesn't think that we all keep aligators as pets on here
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
Hi shoby, oh no no no, I am not keeping an alligator. That was just for the title. To make it catch people's attention. Guess I tend to be an attention-seeker, don't you think? Don't worry. I am aware that I am crazy! YOu need not worry about me taking it against you. Have a happy myLot time. Hi mysD....i AM keeping an alligator! what made you think I'm not?
@May2k8 (3634)
• Indonesia
20 Dec 09
This something interesting, I probably would not bring small children to see these animals. Some time ago I saw the news there was a mother carrying a small child to the circus to see the alligator because the mother is throwing up her son and the little boy fall into the alligator's mouth and the left were bloody clothes. I'm not want keeping this animal.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
6 Jan 10
Gee, me too. I am not a gator fan although I might love to see one from afar, AND inside a CAGE! Nothing that roams free where I am also roaming free. But I am not keeping one. I just made the title up.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
19 Dec 09
Yes a wildlife refuge or a natural habitait would be good for the endangered species. Keeping dangerous animals around is not a wise idea.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
21 Dec 09
I agree, although it isn't true that I am or my friend is taking care of an alligator. It was just a title I'd thought of. Sorry if I had caused confusion to most of my responders. :)
@savypat (20247)
• United States
19 Dec 09
I agree, this was nothing but an excuse to keep an exotic pet for status. As long as that alligator is his pet it's not going to do anything to improve the chances of continuing the species.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
21 Dec 09
Hi savy, im sorry, the alligator had nothing to do with everything. I just did that for catchy title or whatever and totally forgot to take that back later in my discussion. Well anyway, I agree with you on that. His excuse was not only lame but totally ignorant for someone who loves animals so much. Hey, I also passed by one of your discussions about saving animals? I meant to respond but I was sidetracked with a "real world" task. It's a great thing- what you're doing. The world focuses on a lot of problems mostly political or economical and tend to overlook on basic stuffs such as taking care of nature and wildlife.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
19 Dec 09
Yes, I do agree with you. There are certain animals that should stay where they are supposed to be. I know that people love different things but there are those that are really great left alone in their habitat.
@Theresaaiza (10454)
• Australia
21 Dec 09
First, the title was just something to catch people's attention.:D Second, my friend is keeping exotic animals such as pythons, iguanas, and God knows what else. I don't find anything wrong with that at all. It was his reasoning that I didn't quite agree. Merry Christmas, sir!