wild pets are an option for the pets V no pets dilemna - sharing love and time with wildlife, rather than keeping an indoor animal. Where I used to live, we lived close to pigeon breeders. they often let stock they didnt want to keep free. once upon a time a pair of these freed show pigeons found our back yard.... a year or two later we had a family of pigeons living and breeding on our nieghbors roof that ate at our place - they mixed with the city flock and soon we had lots of loving wild pets.
I miss my pigeon friends now....the birds are not very friendly in this country compared to where I lived then. The pigeons taught me a lot... when my heart was tight to humans, it melted to these birds. To see a bird tread so gently across the grasses on the lawen, turned me against eating eggs. They were friends to me - sat on my windowsill listening to music with me, hopped the steps into the house to come find the bird seed and cheese tubs, they knew when i was sad or troubled. they didnt use words, yet i understood them and they me....
sorry, rqambled a bit
When in my teens, a crow lived on an old refrigerator behind our house, next to the back door. His had a healed, previously injured wing. We took pity and fed him, but he was always too wild to touch. Eventually, we moved, which made me sad, because I worried about him--might have been her, IDK.
Many years later, we got a cat that, which we still have, that was fairly wild, so we fed her outside; though, she could be petted she does not like inside. As a result, we also fed feral cats, and soon had quite a colony. We went on vacation for a couple of weeks and the feral cats were gone when we returned, but our cat remained. Eventually, she came inside to eat and be warm during cold winter nights, but she still does not stay inside except to eat, be petted a little, and be warm on winter nights. Although, she will not be in the house if anyone visits. I am the only person who can pet her--she is my mostly wild pet.
We also have deer in the yard, but they are wild and stay away from anyone who is outside. We usually have wild racoons about the house that we fed occasionally, and once had a opossum that ate with them--all wild. When we moved into the house, a small opossum, probably the one that hung around the house, came sauntering into the house one night when the door was open. I picked him up by the tail and put him outside. He came back in! Again I picked him up by the tail and bowled him a few feet to emphasize we did not want him inside--he was unhurt by rolling across the yard but got the idea not to return inside--they can get rabies.
Wild pets are fun, but I have mixed feelings about feeding them, since it can make them too trustful of people, and they often carry fleas.
HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."