In our first ever post, we briefly shared our experience of looking after a little pet which by default, began to tell a story of its own in regard to getting us ready for parenthood. As we write this post, we don’t yet have those kids. We also shared with you a truly awesome and inspirational story about a young boy who ended up adopting a wildlife creature of his own. This prompted us to our thoughtful question for today; what if we adopted a creature of the wild. So, strictly speaking, our theme on pets is transformed into a sub-theme because there are bigger issues at hand worth noting.
To answer the question straight away; yes it is quite possible that you too could adopt a wild animal of your own. And perhaps that should be another sub-theme for this blog post; the question of adoption itself, not just of wild animals. Most of the world’s wildlife species are located on the continent of Africa. Most of these species are now either threatened with endangerment or extinction. But on this continent alone, thousands of poor children are being abandoned mainly due to extreme levels of poverty. But the lucky ones make it out of this world that, in their innocence, they had no part in creating.
We think these are extreme examples, mainly because there have been controversies surrounding this, but the adoption of young, African children has been highly publicized, for many bad reasons, over the last twenty years or so. In the limelight has been the adoption of children by so-called celebrities such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie. Of course, if done correctly, the adoption experience turns out well for the children. We haven’t followed through on the story just yet, but, standing in the queue at our local supermarket just the other day, we caught a glimpse of a cover story on one of those gossipy magazines you usually find in supermarkets.
It seems as though acclaimed British actress, Emma Thompson, is publicly motivating the adoption of Rwandan children. Now, in light of that country’s gruesome past, we think this is simply marvelous. The question of adopting kids is a subject that we, as a couple, have broached tentatively on a few occasions. This post, it turns out, is becoming a bit more of an historic occasion for us as a couple. We’ve been together for a long time now, and because of past experiences, we’re trying to be as careful as ever when taking the next step in our relationship. Ultimately, we would love to have kids of our own.
Now, this cautious approach of ours does have its ramifications and does cause us to doubt ourselves sometimes. For instance, the harrowing thought of not being able to have kids of our own, has been on our mind. So, now you know, this is us. We’re warming up to the idea of adopting children in the event that we’re not able to produce our children naturally as a couple. Now that it’s all off our chest, let’s return to the wild, if you will. Like real kids, you can adopt a wildlife creature of your own. But not technically, of course. Here’s why and here’s how it can be done.
Strictly speaking, you can’t bring a lion cub, shipped across the ocean, into your home. While the lion will quickly get used to you, he will grow up. He won’t be a happy chap because even if you have him snipped at the vet (which you won’t be allowed to do anyway), he’ll still be unhappy because he’ll never be able to roam about in the fields, just as he was naturally created to do. And even if you let him out through the front door, with only the neighborhood streets to walk about in, not only will the poor creature be captured, if he’s lucky, you might end up in jail for your illicit adoption.
The practical alternative may be a little sad, particularly for those who love the dear creatures. Because even though you’ve formally adopted your wild child, you’re not likely to ever see him again. That is, unless, of course, you happen to be living within driving distance of a game reserve. Today, there are dozens of accredited non-governmental organizations and animal rights movements across the world, campaigning and working towards not just saving the creatures, but also helping them to thrive once more as they should. Of course, none of these organizations can be run effectively without the necessary resources.
Governments, in general, pleading a lack of resources or preaching financial prudence, often don’t come to the party when it comes to saving the wildlife, particularly if the problem is located on another continent. The fact remains, though, that another continent’s endemic crises, is often ours too. Thanks to technology, the world is a lot smaller than we once imagined. On a positive note, if everyone just did the right thing for the greater good, saving entire wildlife species for instance, the world would quickly begin to heal its wounds. And thanks to technology, all necessary intercontinental good deeds are now possible.
For instance, the novel idea of adopting a wildlife creature is no longer a foreign one. Locally, we are still able to adopt domestic pets. We can adopt children too. But the adoption process works a lot differently where wildlife is concerned. And not only that, it’s a lot easier too. You are no longer encumbered with detailed character and psychological evaluations to see whether you are fit to be parents, nor is an extensive credit check necessary to see whether you can afford to care for these orphans. NGOs may, however, require secured details of your bank account if you’ve decided to pay via a debit order.
But all you need to do is send a safe and secure money order to help distribute the funds required to take care of the abandoned wild animal.