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Many people discover the idea of having wildlife as pet as exotic and exciting. However, if you want a wild animal as a pet, you ought to have thorough understanding of the animal and its behavior and requirements. The people who have these animals as pets are invariably educated to deal with them, but even they will tell how unpredictable these animals can be. You might have read stories in the newspaper of zoo keepers becoming mauled by their wards.

So, having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some individuals like to highlight the pros, while others just point out the cons. Nevertheless, both ought to be weighed equally and only then a choice ought to be taken to maintain a wild animal as a pet.

Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.

Sometimes, standard pets like dogs and cats can't be kept due to lack of space. In such situations, one can maintain a wildlife like a hedgehog or gecko as a pet as they do not require that a lot space. Some wild animals have their own benefits. Like a hedgehog can be utilized to keep insects and other people pests at bay in a house.

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Man is perhaps the only animal who ill-treats and even kills other animals for his pleasure. He destroys their natural habitats and ruthlessly kills animals for their skin, bones and meat, although he is not a meat- eater by nature and holds life sacred.

Did anyone know that countless animals and birds are killed, mutilated or decapitated in the name of scientific experiments, testing and study?

Rats, rabbits, birds and monkeys are not only kept in cramped and over-crowded cages but also subjected to ruthless therapy in a cold-blooded way in laboratories. The poor silent souls cannot even express the discomfort suffering they are subjected to. Most of them die premature, painful and unnatural deaths. Many people do not understand that the animals too have a life, they as well have the right to freedom.