It gives me hope to know that there are people (like other responders) that have empathy for other beings and are willing to speak on their behalf. If anthropomorphism or thinking of a nonhuman entity in human ways gives us reasons to judge that other life forms are worthy of ethical care and consideration, then count me among those who believes that animal emotions exist and are similar to those of humans. View the Nature series on animal friendships and the emotional lives of animals entitled, Animal Odd Couples for greater insight into this issue.
He is beautiful as though he were made out of beads. He looks healthy and more curious than sad to me although I am sure he would enjoy a more natural environment. When people keep animals like this, they should have an entire room for them to hang out in, not a cage. I have two parakeets that rule half of my house. They like their cage to sleep in but otherwise they are flying about and chirping all day long. They do look longingly at the birds at the feeder outside and chirp to them.. It is hard to get rid of them because one always dies before the other and the one that is left needs a new companion. If I gave the last one away no one would allow them the freedom I do. They can sure create a mess so I don't recommend it.
Breathtaking photo. What a miracle this creature is. Thanks to National Geographic for continuing to raise awareness on this and many issues related to how humans compromise the natural needs and rights of non humans. The exotics trade should cause us all to question why we are allowed to keep these unique creatures in unnatural environments for our own immediate pleasure and entertainment. We can see animals like this up close in more natural environments at conservation or nature science centers dedicated to education and rehabilitation and re-introduction when possible.
You're right Nicholas. We've traditionally kept wild animals as pets and I think now more and more people are starting to question that. I feel terrible when I see a bird in a small cage. They were born to fly.
Great photo though!
I believe it's right that Nicolas questions the contentment of his pet chameleon. To his credit he's considering his actions and the well being of his loved pet.
Imagine if you were taken from your birth of origin, country, culture, language, way of life, comfortable home and surroundings and displaced into unnatural confinement. Regardless if you were well taken care of, loved, admired the loneliness and isolation that you would feel separated from your family, friends, activities would create distress. How could it be different for this chameleon or any other wildlife taken from it's natural habitat?
Certainly some emotions are reflected in animals in as fight or flight. Expressions of happy or sad might fall into the perception that we interpret the emotions of animals, not as they are, but as we are.Case in point, we treat out pets as family members.
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