Can I keep the wild animal as a pet?

NO, for the following reasons.

  • Keeping a baby for even a short time can result in imprinting (bonding to humans). Imprinted animals can no longer survive on their own in the wild, resulting in a lifetime of dependency on humans.
  • It is illegal in the state of New Jersey to keep wild animals without a permit.
  • It is not fair to the animal. Wild animals will never be "happy” in captivity, will never fully adjust, and will never be like a cat or dog that comes to you for attention.
  • Wild animals are dangerous. Even if they seem friendly as babies, by the time they reach adulthood they will be dangerous and can inflict serious injuries.

There are many domestic animals that need homes and will make great pets. Check local animal shelters to see what’s available for adoption.

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