JBG wrote:What I want to know is if any chimps have lived their life span, as pets, without having to be euthanized, killed during an attack (as Travis was) or sent to a sanctuary because it became unmanageable. Or for that matter raccoons, wolves or other exotics. And whether it could be safely allowed to mingle with other people or animals.
Thats an interesting question. I personally have no idea who and how many people have apes. I would assume they would live out their life in zoos or rehabs..
yes, many of the other exotics have lived out their lives.
one of the members here raised a fox from a kit, the fox lived to 14 years old. this fox was well taken care of.
I already know my foxes , bears and raccons will live out their life here.
my one raccon Larry, is truely a pet. he is now 6 years old.
he never had any mean streak in him. he never showed agresstion.
he interacts very well with all the other animals, even my coonhounds.
he understands the word "no". a few times, I smacked him (very lightly) for doing something wrong. he never showed agression.
of course, anything can happen. I know that, and I do watch for any changes in him and the other animals. their moods seem to be pretty much the same all the time.
what I dont know, is, if the travis's owner often had behavior problems.
and if so, how often. even one mood change, should have told this woman that travis should not be trusted with anyone
again, I don't know anything about apes, only what was mentioned here.
however, as mary mentioned about behavier in apes in wild.
I have to wonder if in apes in captivity that are raised in a good enviroment, if some of the "wild instincts" would not really be so dramtic.
now with bears in the wild, generally they roam solo. mostly for food reasons. sometimes they will fight over food, hibernate alone.
now with sybil and benny, they are bonded. they sleep together, eat together, and rarely fight over food. they are always together.
so I have to say, their actions are somewhat different than bears in the wild.
I really believe that most captive animals should have ample space and a good enviiroment.
even with dogs. I hear some people complaining about how bad their dog is. so they have to get rid of it, because it is out of control.
chances are, these dogs are on chains, and don't get much exercise.
my place is all fenced in (about 8 acres) my dogs can run when they want to. they release some of the energy they have.
of course, there are dogs, that don't need to have alot of run time.
guess it depends on the type of dog.
I have all coonhounds, and they really require excercise.
but, when they get older, they really get lazy..