risk of release

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Thu Jun 15 17:09:54 EDT 2000

Bruce mentions that individuals have a vested interest in not letting 
creatures escape, particularly if they've paid good money for them. And 
I agree.  But virtually every kind of animal that I have kept has at one 
time or another escaped, including a bird that I carefully guarded for 
11 years (a longevity record), but which found a way outside. 

Parrots (valued in excess of $1000) escape with too much regularity, and 
such forlorn individuals are often seen even in northern climes where 
their survival is doubtful. 

  We often misjudge (and underestimate) the houdini-esque capabilities 
of organisms.  I would be very surprised to learn that there are people 
who regularly raise leps who have never had a caterpillar disappear. 

In any case, for creatures that truly are pests (and Norbert has pointed 
out that real pests and pests-by-law are not the same), I wouldn't rely 
on amateur containment, no matter how highly motivated. 

Mike Gochfeld 

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