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    Can domesticated animals live in the wild?

    I want to know if they can. I fear going into research mode because i feel there will be nothing but biased websites with all the animal lovers out there.

    So i ask you, in your personal experiences with animals, do you think that a domesticated animal is able to live in the wilderness of.... lets say.... Austin Texas?

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    Some can. Depends on the animal and the environment. There are plenty of examples.

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    Quote Quote by: seyorni View Post
    Some can. Depends on the animal and the environment. There are plenty of examples.
    cat dog bird. austin tx

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    The 'wilderness' of Austin Texas?

    Certain breeds of dog can and do easily adapt to living in the wild, as do all species of cat. Birds, well, it depends on the bird. I would doubt the colorful, exotic birds could survive, for instance.
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    Quote Quote by: Angry Citizen View Post
    The 'wilderness' of Austin Texas?

    Certain breeds of dog can and do easily adapt to living in the wild, as do all species of cat. Birds, well, it depends on the bird. I would doubt the colorful, exotic birds could survive, for instance.
    Alright, that's a start.

    Let's say no exotic birds that need a especial habitat to be alive, just small birds that live in small cages. Like tweety bird type of cage.

    And yeah the wilderness of austin texas lol

    Having a discussion with a friend of mine. She started working on a pet store and now feels that every animal needs a home because they are defenseless.

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    Mustangs in the western US, camels in Australia. Domestic pigs. housecats.
    The less they've been altered from their wild prototypes the better they seem to adapt.

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    Sure it is POSSIBLE for some domesticated animals to live in the wild, but it isn't ideal and should therefore not be encouraged. I say it isn't ideal because domesticated animals are, well, domesticated.

    These animals are a result of the entrapment and intensive breeding of wild animals; a practice that has been going on for centuries. This is known as artificial selection. We slowly bred into them traits that were useful for us to exploit them and eradicated traits that did otherwise. As such, they are often complacent and void of behaviors that were once natural to them; that would've served to their survival in the wild.

    Therefore, most domesticated animal species today CANNOT survive without human care-takers or at least cannot thrive. Self-reliance is simply no longer the strongest part of their nature, which has, of course, been severely altered in order to best serve us. This is why I champion the sterilization of domesticated animals rather than their release into the wild.
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    i seriously cant believe that pugs and chiuaua's and mini foxy's occurred naturally in the wild can you imagine a pug den? xD haha my friend has one and it is the most defenceless nervous helpless little animal ive ever seen. whereas bigger dogs, would be able to adapt easily. we actually found one of my current dogs wild, running about the bush and we domesticated him, but he still hunts and has some characteristics of a wild animal.

    i think this is the case with every domestic animal. Yes, most could adapt to the wilderness of any country (i mean... they are animals) but with shades of gray. some breeds yes and some definately no.

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    Domestic animals released into the "wilds of Austin" are far more likely to become scavengers than to revert to any semblance of their wild ancestors.


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    I'll admit I literally have no idea! haha but, my guess would be no for some animals and yes for some animals. I don't think spot my little puppy since he has been born could make it one week but i'm sure goldy my goldfish could do fine in a pond!
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    Quote Quote by: Primum non nocere View Post
    Therefore, most domesticated animal species today CANNOT survive without human care-takers or at least cannot thrive. Self-reliance is simply no longer the strongest part of their nature, which has, of course, been severely altered in order to best serve us.
    Interesting observation, particularly when one considers that the most domesticated animal on the planet is, in fact, the human being--Homo sapiens. Release the average lawyer, steel worker, or actor into the wild and he or she is unlikely to last more than a few weeks, if not a few days or hours if the weather is inclement.
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