I have seen somewhere that "bunny huggers do not make good keepers" and I would like to ask why is that? I do not understand the sentiment behind that statement, I am not even really sure who would one call a bunny hugger?
In animal management fields, people who just want to love on the animals all the time and treat them like pets and friends because they adore them are frequently referred to as ‘bunny huggers’.
They don’t make good keepers because frequently when they’re applying for an animal care job, they’re doing it because they want contact with the animals. That’s not the job, and it causes a couple major issues when you’ve got someone like that on the team. Speaking from personal observation and summarizing the frequent things keepers talk about having to deal with: they’re often not willing to do the actual hard, dirty work that comprises 98% of the job because they thought they’d just get play privileges, and they’re also unfortunately more prone to breaking rules to try to touch or feed things. When people talk about bunny huggers not making good keepers, they’re talking about the fact that people who approach the job thinking wild animals want to be friends with them are often in no way prepared for the job at hand and are generally unwilling to do it.
If you’re interested in the animal management field because you primarily want to hang out with / play with / touch animals, you’re straight up in the wrong field.