I love that my entire dash is debates over exotic animals now because of that one post about uncommon pets.
Like yeah I won’t deny that there are lots of people who can adequately keep a possum or a fox or a wolfdog, but for every one person who can there’s eleven people who think they can and then fail miserably.
I hesitate to call them “pets” because to me a pet is a fully domestic animal that is fully adapted to life in human care. It tames easily because that’s its default state. Alternatively, it isn’t dangerous by nature and can easily be segued into a home without painfully disrupting either the animal or the human. So a dog or cat or nonvenomous reptile would easily fit the definition of pet, where a parrot or a puma would not.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say a large or dangerous exotic can never be kept in private hands, but the amount of research, money, experience needed, time investment and legal arbitration would make successful ownership impossible for the average pet owner. Keeping a wolf or a puma isn’t so much keeping a pet as it is a total lifestyle overhaul. You now own a zoo, and you need to conduct your property as a zoo, make sure you have the right permits and the right vet, a safe enclosure, and everything else that comes with running one.
The biggest issue is that so many people who want an opossum or a fox have almost no experience dealing with difficult animals or exotics, they want one because they saw it online (or in the case of sugar gliders, because they saw them at the mall when that awful fucking Pocket Pets mill breeder was there peddling them as an easy pet like a hamster)
The majority of people who say “I want one” to a video of a pet wolf just… have no idea, lol. A good exotic breeder wouldn’t sell to someone like that in the first place, but there are as many jerks out there looking to make a buck as there are gullible rubes to be taken in.