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Old December 8th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #1

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Documented cases of wild animals attempting to have pets


By that, I would mean in the wild and not in captivity. Are there examples of this?

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Symbiosis is the perfect example of animals living in a mutual relationship and particularly Commensalism where one animal benefits from the other without causing harm. The wildebeest in this photo does not care it has a bird on its head.

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Symbiosis is the perfect example of animals living in a mutual relationship and particularly Commensalism where one animal benefits from the other without causing harm. The wildebeest in this photo does not care it has a bird on its head.

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That Wildebeest (Connochaete) is a Cape Buffalo( Syncerus caffer caffer)
But I expect you Gnu that.

The bird is a cattle egret popularly called a tick-bird which is actually rare today among wild game for whom the most common symbiotic relationship is the ox-pecker--(Buphagidae)
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How would a pet be identified? There have been some photos and notes taken of different species playing in the wild but nothing permanent that I've ever heard of. Rarely a mother of one species has adopted the young of another but that rarely works well and no evidence of the adopted species lingering once they achieve maturity.
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I cannot think of any example of any animal, excepting us, using another animal as a pet. However, there are examples of one animal using another to it's advantage. Ravens use wolves, and sometimes cougars, to hunt for them, and to open the carcass of an already dead animal as ravens cannot rip open the hide of an animal. Observation shows that the prime mover in this relationship is the raven, therefore "dominant" and so creating in effect a master - servant relationship with the wolf being the servant, if not a pet in the usual sense of the word.
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That Wildebeest (Connochaete) is a Cape Buffalo( Syncerus caffer caffer)
But I expect you Gnu that.

The bird is a cattle egret popularly called a tick-bird which is actually rare today among wild game for whom the most common symbiotic relationship is the ox-pecker--(Buphagidae)
Thanks, you caught up with me. However your statement does not do anything to discredit the point about symbioses. I don't have to be a wildlife expert to be a qualified historian. Your comment is actually off topic by the way.

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I cannot think of any example of any animal, excepting us, using another animal as a pet. However, there are examples of one animal using another to it's advantage. Ravens use wolves, and sometimes cougars, to hunt for them, and to open the carcass of an already dead animal as ravens cannot rip open the hide of an animal. Observation shows that the prime mover in this relationship is the raven, therefore "dominant" and so creating in effect a master - servant relationship with the wolf being the servant, if not a pet in the usual sense of the word.
Pets are only for humans as you stated it.

Usage of each other is very different from having that animal simply as a pet which gives satisfaction to its owner the way birds are caged or fish are placed in the aquarium.
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Thanks, you caught up with me. However your statement does not do anything to discredit the point about symbioses. I don't have to be a wildlife expert to be a qualified historian. Your comment is actually off topic by the way.
Correcting a howler is never off topic. Would an historian call an impi a legion or a Satrap a Bashaw?
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Pets are only for humans as you stated it.

Usage of each other is very different from having that animal simply as a pet which gives satisfaction to its owner the way birds are caged or fish are placed in the aquarium.
Wild animals do have pets in captivity, mind you. There is a gorilla who takes good care of her pet cat, for instance. Of course, animals that live in the wild might find it harder to do so.
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Correcting a howler is never off topic. Would an historian call an impi a legion or a Satrap a Bashaw?
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