The Dog Trainer
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jan 9, 2010
- Location (City and/or State)
- Southern California
That would be nice!
But I guess I would rather go through all those hardships in the wild with little chance of survival than to be kept in a not-so-great, small indoor enclosure and sometimes on the floor.
Sadly, most pet tortoises have to live like that...
Hmm... Your proposed circumstances make it a much more complex dilemma. Would I rather be a wild tortoises with all of those good and bad points, or would I rather be stuck in a too small cage and put on the dangerous cold floor sometimes?
I don't know. Cramped quarters, floor hazards, and a crappy diet seems like it could eventually lead to a slow dragging death, but wild conditions can also be so harsh at times...
My human brain with all of my life experiences still tells me that even substandard captive life is better than the perils, predators, parasites, droughts, cold spells, food shortages, man made hazards like roads and chemical pollution, etc... found in the wild. I suppose it would have to come down to the fine points of just how bad the captive care would be. If the enclosure were too small, but the diet and temperatures decent, I still think I would choose captivity over the wild.
I suppose this will come down to an individual choice based on each person's perception.