My mother was horrified when I brought the newt home from a visit to a friends farm.
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My dad wasn't concerned at all. He told me to keep the turtle bowl clean with rainwater or melted snow added as needed, and to provide natural habitat in the bowl, too. My newt had sticks and rocks and leaves and algae to use for food and hiding, and it was a matter of pride for us to not allow my mom to discourage me. My newt lived with me all through out the winter, but in the spring I decided to take him down to our local creek and release him.
Because we had moved to a more rural area, my dad encouraged his girls to explore the natural world more. In the suburbs we kept snakes and big moths and caterpillars, but we had more room and more range in the country, so we found more critters to keep. We had baby turtles from the ponds and chickens living in the garage. We had a bunny, dogs and of course, more snakes and bugs. It turns out crayfish don't revive from being frozen, and that you have to check white mice carefully is you want two of the same gender. Make a mistake with that, and you will learn that baby mice can squeeze through the bars of a mouse cage!
Have you ever enjoyed keeping a wild critter for a pet ? What was your most unusual pet ?