i want everyone that says they hate chihuahuas to meet one that’s not harassed by it’s owners on a daily basis . literally the sweetest little animal . they can fix you .
Some of my fav Skyclan scrungles
One day I’ll find a nice, small but active, warrior cats rp where I won’t feel like I’m annoying and pissing off everyone every message I type.
Very tent trying out warriors rp again so had an excuse to draw Crowkit, the scrungly
you have encountered a group of trilobites! reblog to help them on their journey
An Opabinia forages alongside!
Can an Anomalocaris perhaps come along? (It promises to play nice and not eat anyone else in the group.)
A hallucigenia is there because yeah
A Wiwaxia joins them
A reminder to be EXTREMELY wary of ANY photos of wild animals in seemingly domesticated spaces with free contact to humans and other animals.
- Even if they were “rescued” from a fur farm/factory/contact zoo/hunting trap and “cant be released into the wild”
- Even if they’re “tamed”
- Even if the place they come from has legal ownership (Eastern Europe/Asia/Middle East)
- Even if they’re “pampered” and “well cared for”
- Even if its cute
- Even if its popular on Tiktok/Instagram
- Even if its small/“harmless”
- Even if the owner is utterly clueless to the danger
- Even if the animal has “never had any problems before”
You are not able to meet every single need a wild animal has in a domesticated household. You cannot meet their dietary needs, you cannot meet their exercise needs, you cannot train out their behavior, you cannot tame down their instincts. Don’t share these pictures or follow these accounts, their “owners” are only keeping these animals for internet fame.
Wild animals are not pets.
people who conflate “domestic” and “tame” legitimately horrify me
#for some reason people who conflate ‘wild’ and ‘feral’ are usually innocently mistaken #but people who conflate ‘domestic’ and ‘tame’ are about to cause- or are currently causing- serious harm to one or more animals
Forgive me, but I don’t understand - can someone explain the difference and why not knowing it is dangerous?
So “domestic” means an animal that has been selectively bred over generations to have characteristics useful to humans, such as reduced flight distance, increased milk/wool/meat production, trainability, lower prey drive, attractive coloring, etc. These are livestock or pets, most of which have been domesticated by humans for millennia, and while they can still interbreed with their wild ancestors, are genetically altered enough to be distinguished from them by a variety of traits. Dogs, cats, cattle, llamas, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, yaks, ducks, geese, chickens: all domestic! You can also have semi-domesticated animals, where the semi-domesticated population has been more lightly managed by humans over time, still sometimes interbreeding with wild populations, and not intensively selectively bred, such as the semi-domesticated reindeer herded by various Arctic peoples. It’s kind of a continuum!
“Tame,” however means an individual animal that has been accustomed to human presence and tolerates contact with people, generally by being in close proximity to humans from birth. Most domestic animals are also tame, because ‘can deal with being near humans’ is a pretty important feature to build in when you’re designing your livestock, but it’s not automatic- even many domestic animals need human interaction from an early age to be able to be calm around humans later. On the positive side of things, tame wild animals can be ambassador animals at zoos and wildlife centers that can interact with handlers and help educate visitors without getting stressed, because they don’t fear humans. On the negative side of things, wild animals can become accidentally tamed (“habituated”) by being rewarded with food for approaching humans and our dwellings, and unlike domestic animals, wild animals haven’t had thousands of years of being bred to be easy for us to get along with, so when this happens you get human-animal conflicts, and that’s always bad news for the animal.
If it’s not already obvious from the above, the reason getting these things confused is dangerous is that people see “tame” wild animals interacting with humans in viral internet videos and go “oh, so cute! I want one!” and then they either go purchase an exotic pet they are entirely unprepared to care for or go out and try to interact with (BAD) or kidnap (WORSE) animals they find in the wild. The animals are always the losers in this situation, and it starts with thinking a tame fox is basically the same as a domestic dog, and can be treated the same way. Tame wild animals might be okay with taking food from your hand on a good day, but that doesn’t mean they’re suitable pets- cuddly-looking animals will wreck your home, smell like musk, be difficult or impossible to housebreak, become aggressive when frightened, and, once tamed, be unable to survive in the wild. A lot of wildlife centers have permanent collections of surrendered pets living out their lives there, because some asshat who decided they were too cool for house cats and what they really wanted was a pet bobcat was met with reality. Even if the animal doesn’t end up in someone’s house, it’s still bad news. If you’ve ever been to a park that gets a lot of tourist traffic, you might find wildlife that has lost its fear of people thanks to all the free handouts, which leads to more people trying to feeding the “tame” “friendly” animals, which leads to pushier animals, and that leads to attacks and wildlife being put down for the sake of public safety.
And people just kidnapping their own local wildlife is the less globally harmful side of things- international wildlife trafficking for the pet trade is a huge problem; it’s is too big an issue to get into here (I’d recommend the book Poached by journalist Rachel Love Nuwer), but it all comes back to not knowing- or caring about- the difference between domestic and tame.
(The other, less concerning to confuse terms I mentioned in those tags: wild is a non-domesticated animal and feral is a domesticated animal that was born outside of captivity and lives like a wild animal (eg feral cat colonies, most pigeons, mustang horses).)
It cannot be overstated just how *deep* domesticated vs. wild goes, either. You can catch a mustang - feral, but still the descendant of domesticated horses - full grown adult, take it off the range in Wyoming, and with care and a little patience it can be gentled into a pet that’s no more or less inherently dangerous than a horse that’s so pampered it’s never been rained on. Even a feral horse is still a domesticated animal.
On the other hand, you can breed a zorse - half horse half zebra - handle it from birth, do everything absolutely right, and still one day find that it has gotten into an argument with one of your other horses and attempted to, or managed, to kill it. Even a tamed from birth HALF zebra is still a wild animal and the instincts of wildness cannot be erased by taming, it may eat out of your hand, but if you’re smart you will never, ever trust it. (I’ve seen incredibly experienced horse people say that if you’re truly smart, you would never own a zorse, period.)
The point here is that tamed, no matter how thoroughly, is NEVER a substitute for domesticated. There’s a reason why Fiona the hippo, for all the cuddling she got when she was a premature infant struggling to survive, now only interacts with her handlers on the other side of some truly massive bars - no amount of care and love will make her into a chocolate lab. She’s a hippo, and adult hippos are a highly damned dangerous creature.
Words cannot describe how much I hate the stupid fucking big floppa plush
I think it’s funny that in Encanto we see how Bruno gets his visions and it’s all dramatic and requires a big space and then all that happens for like ‘this villagers fish will die’ ‘this guy will go bald’ I wonder what the green tablet things for them looked like
Nothing fills me with rage like people who comment on stories about high weather temperatures with things like ‘omg that’s cold where I live 🤪🤪’ you realise we are not taking about we’re you live??? People could die in hot weather and there’d still be people bragging about how cold it is for them, do they realise no one gives a fuck? Do they realise not everywhere in the world experiences the same temperatures in the same way they do?? God I hate it so much
The ginga wiki is so funny it’s like ‘this character is a kind, caring and friendly guy’ and then the entire history is about them eating babies and killing other dogs because they were on their territory
Obsessed with the ornithologist (Mario Cohn-Haft) who heard a birdsong he didn’t recognize in 1988, predicted that the song was made by a new species of bird, and then spent the next 25 years looking for it before finally discovering evidence for the previously undescribed species in 2013. I’m pretty sure this excerpt from the paper is academia speak for “FUCK yeah I totally called it I knew this bird was out there”
The man did one of the most badass things you can do in biology and predicted the discovery of an animal species (which I like to call “pulling a Darwin’s Hawkmoth”) and he has every right to flex by naming his new species the Predicted Antwren! Look how cute this elusive little creature is
(Photo by Hector Battai)
My backgrounds are awful but I like how this turned out
late 1972 is when Naked and Dead takes place, the comic Medic made this deal:
Guys, Medic has 5 more years to live.
Unless, of course, he can manage to make another bullshit deal
Happy New Year to Medic’s repo death day
Happy new year from England
One day I’m gonna snap and start commenting on videos of big dogs the same way people talk about chihuahuas.
See how angry people get when I comment something like ‘if that was my dog I would have already beaten the little rat thing’ on a video of a clearly distressed German Shepherd and see how many people tell me no dog is aggressive it’s how they’re trained.
This is a chihuahua safe environment, chihuahua fans rise up
Brokenstar design concept:
Brokenstar but he’s based of the bears in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Warrior cats fans: every character is so boring literally none of them have any personality
Also warrior cats fans: I don’t like Onestar because he’s mean :(
Can’t find the blank one anywhere, so
Send me a ginga character (from either anime, I have not read the mangas) and I’ll say my opinions on them as well as give a few random headcanons or aus I have for them
The warrior cats mini designs Unironically slap especially Firestars flame markings, the claw markings on Tigerstar and Jayfeathers feather markings
I think this is necessary to post. I see a lot of people “saving” bunnies.
“*Bunnies are one of the most frequently “kidnapped” mammal species.
*Mothers dig a very shallow nest in the ground that is easily uncovered when mowing or raking the yard. If you find a rabbit nest-leave it alone!!
*Mother rabbits only return to the nest two or three times a day, usually before dawn and right after dusk.
*To determine if they are orphaned, either place a string across the nest in a tic-tac-toe shape or circle the nest with flour. Check the nest the next day. If the string or flour is disturbed, the mother has returned. If not, take the bunnies to a rehabilitator.
* A bunny that is bright eyed and 4-5 inches long is fully independent and does NOT need to be rescued!
*If you find a bunny that does need to be rescued, put it in a dark, quiet location. Bunnies are a prey species and while they may look calm, they are actually very, very scared!”
Never knew this, keeping this for reference
As a student of Veterinary Medicine I can completely confirm this! Do NOT take them out of their nest unless you’re 100% sure that the mother did not come back for them after at least one day!
Can we drop the idea that if a pet isn’t a dog or cat it’s not worthy of love? People who own these pets - fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, small mammals - love their animals just as much as cat and dog owners live theirs. They put just as much attention and love and care into their animals as dog and cat owners put into theirs.
I have cats, but I’ve also had hamsters, fish, invertebrates, insects, frogs, and bunnies. Currently I keep axolotls and a crested gecko in addition to my cats. The amount of people who act like my axolotls and gecko don’t exist, or aren’t “real” pets compared to my cats, is nuts. I’ve had people tell me my pets are gross, ugly, disgusting, slimy. I’ve had them harass me over their food being gross or disgusting or slimy. I’ve had people tell me my pets should just be released into the woods rather than me spending money on their cars, or ask me why I bother taking them to the vet, or “joke” about eating them. I’ve had done flat out tell me they shouldn’t be alive or taking up space in the house or life. When they died, I’ve had people ask me why I’m sad or tell me I shouldn’t be.
What the fuck is wrong with you? These are my pets and I love them just as much as my cats. When I worked at a pet store, I heard all the same sentiments expressed by customers. That’s fucking disgusting.
Look, if someone has a pet you don’t vibe with, just don’t fucking interact with that pet. If you’re afraid of dogs and your friend is telling you about something their dog did, do you interrupt and say “Your dog should be killed?” Why do people think this is acceptable behavior if the animal isn’t a dog or cat?
Fucking support people and what they love. My best friend keeps tarantulas, which I am terrified of. The only thing I’ve ever said about it is not to text me pictures of them. I let her gush about them because even though they’re not my cup of tea, she LOVES them. It’s not that fucking hard. If you can’t even do that, NICELY tell the person, “Hey I don’t really like X, can we talk about something else?”
Don’t fucking tell them their pets should die or not be alive and don’t insult the animal just because you don’t like them.
Every pet is a valid pet. Don’t be a dick.