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neawelly



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:20 am Reply with quote

What causes wild animals in captivity to have a shorter lifespan? I've read and heard that wild animals in captivity have shorter lifespans. It seems like the owners take good care of these animals (at least the ones I've seen). So why exactly do they not live as long?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:29 pm Reply with quote

They might just not be getting the right stimulation like they would get in the wild. Like they might not be getting all the exercise they would need like hunting or traveling long distances. Also even if they are getting good food in captivity you can't always give them exactly what they would get in the wild and exactly at the time they need it so that might be another factor giving them shorter lifespans.

Although there are some animals that live much longer in captivity then they do in the wild. Another thing to think about is breeding. In the wild the strongest survive so they pass on good genes for say a long life. In captivity animals don't always get a large selection for a mate so they might not get the chance to have a mate with good genes for living a long time or something.

That is just my theory. Wink
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