Finding a tiny critter you could keep: do you let it go or keep the lil one? :)

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Finding a tiny critter you could keep: do you let it go or keep the lil one? :)

DreamWolf DreamWolf
Well, I would LOVE to keep such lil ones, but I would always be sad knowing that I took their free, happy life... ^^
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Keep the lil one
3  (9%)
Let the lil one go
21  (62%)
Depends on the lil one
7  (21%)
Other? :)
3  (9%)
Total votes: 34
Poll is closed
06/27/2012
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indiglo indiglo
Wild animals belong in the wild. If they're injured or need care, I'll try to find the proper place for them to get help - but I'd certainly never keep it myself. People who rehabilitate (or keep and care for) wildlife (even common, local wildlife) need special training and education, and often require permits as well, since it is often illegal to do so without proper certification.
06/28/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
I'd leave it alone. If it were injured, I'd either leave it be if it's not endangered (that's the natural world - there's going to be casualties), or if it is of an endangered species I'd call someone who could look after it. Baby animals I'd either leave alone or try to return to their nests - contrary to popular belief, mother animals don't abandon their young at a single human touch.

Wild animals generally don't make good pets. They may become tame if kept by humans, but there's still a big difference between a tame wild animal and a domestic or even semi-domestic one. It's best to leave wild animals in the hands of professionals if they can't live on their own.
06/28/2012
GONE! GONE!
I let it go. I tried to keep a snake once. That didn't end too well! (No one got bit or anything, but it escaped and a night of terror ensued.)
06/28/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Well, I would LOVE to keep such lil ones, but I would always be sad knowing that I took their free, happy life... ^^
It depends on what kind of critter it is. Generally if it's from the wild, it should go back to the wild.
06/28/2012
Terri69 Terri69
Well, it depends on what it is but most likely I'd let it go
06/28/2012
Beck Beck
Depends on what the animal is. I have taken in wild bunnies and wild raccoons, but that was only for a short time. The wild bunnies were found in a garden and they were so tiny. I mean like the size of a Hamster. We assumed mama was the one lying dead near the bunnies. Those bunnies were too little to fend for themselves, so we took those in. There were 3, but only 1 made it to adult hood. I let it go once it was able to fend for itself.

The raccoons were the same story. We were driving home from work when we saw a raccoon in the middle of the street. It had clearly died from being hit by a car. But off to the side of the road were two babies. They actually came right up to us. We were able to pick them up and cuddle with them. It was so cute. We couldn't just leave them. So, we took them home with us. We knew from the start they were wild animals and we couldn't keep them. But that didn't mean we couldn't help beef them up and send them on their way. We kept them for about 6 weeks. Then took them to a place were they would be loved by a human, but be able to live outside in the wild too.
06/28/2012
CindyH CindyH
Depends on what it is we have keep a Caterpillar a few day for the children to look at then let it go
06/28/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
depends on the animal and the circumstances. i'm a big time animal lover i would say that if possible leaving it in the wild is best... BUT if its injured or too young then definitely bring it inside and keep it at least until it was able to do for itself or if it became too domesticated then just keep caring for it after as well.
06/28/2012
zeb zeb
I normally do not keep it
06/28/2012
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
I've kept bunnies before, but I probably wouldn't keep many things now that I have a young child roaming around. I'd be too afraid he'd get hurt.
06/28/2012
pirkit pirkit
I'd let it go. Most little things live better without human intervention.
06/28/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
It depends. If I knew it couldn't survive alone, I'd probably keep it and care for it until old enough/not injured anymore.
06/28/2012
kawigrl kawigrl
let it go
06/28/2012
G&L G&L
If your parents would've told you to let it go or don't touch it- don't!
06/28/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
A wild animal? I let it go. I've had bunnies and baby squirrels, baby woodchucks, possums and racoons in our yard. If they seem alone, I leave them alone, as long as they are safe, as their Mama may be nearby. If they are hurt, and there seems to be no Mama, I take them to the wildlife preserve near our house.

They belong in the wild. We have a bunny, but he's a domestic bunny.
06/28/2012
married with children married with children
I let them go, unless they need some time to heal, then I will keep them for a short while they get better.
06/30/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Unless it stands pretty much no chance due to a permanent physical injury such as a limb that got torn off somehow, I prefer to release them after I take a picture or two. ^_^
I like to imagine they have families out there and they're heading back to them.
06/30/2012
cryinglightning86 cryinglightning86
Depends on the animal. If it's wild, if I can, I'll take care of it if it's hurt and then let it go. I one time found a cat in my back yard and had to give it away because we couldn't afford it. It was clutching to me. I lost it.

If I can, and if the animal is domestic, I keep it. Otherwise, no.
08/29/2012
cryinglightning86 cryinglightning86
Depends on the animal. If it's wild, if I can, I'll take care of it if it's hurt and then let it go. I one time found a cat in my back yard and had to give it away because we couldn't afford it. It was clutching to me. I lost it.

If I can, and if the animal is domestic, I keep it. Otherwise, no.
08/29/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Let it go back into the wild
08/30/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Well, I would LOVE to keep such lil ones, but I would always be sad knowing that I took their free, happy life... ^^
I'm assuming your speaking of turtles and frogs and such. I never keep them.
08/30/2012
tortilla tortilla
depends on the creature
08/30/2012
Khanner Khanner
Unless it's a cat or a dog I'll leave them alone. Wild animals like possums and raccoons can turn nasty as adults.
08/30/2012
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