The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

Back in 1959, the famous “Little Golden Books” series released a book titled The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets by Roy Pinney.

The premise of this book was that it taught children how to capture wild animals such as turtles, snakes, owls, chipmunks, raccoons, and others in the wilderness and care for them at home as pets.

Times have changed, haven’t they?

Can you imagine a parent telling their child they could keep a wild raccoon as a pet nowadays? Today we get calls to have raccoons removed from homes and attics not to bring them home as pets.

Raccoons can carry rabies, distemper and other diseases. So can their feces. They are wild animals and shouldn’t be kept as pets. In fact, it is illegal to keep

Pets from Wood, Field and StreamNot only does keeping a wild animal as a pet place you in danger of diseases, it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Illinois and many other states.

In the simpler times of the 1950s and 60s though, a parent might buy a child a book and encourage them to go outside and catch a new pet.

Did that really happen? Absolutely, says Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Huck’s Raft, the authoritative history of American childhood. “There truly was a sense that childhood needed to be a period of freedom, of group bonding, of risk-taking,” he says, “and it had to be spent out of doors as much as possible.”

One reviewer of the book online even said that this book “started (his father) along his path into (becoming) a wildlife biologist.”

A lot of us today would say that kids probably do need to be outside playing more often, getting dirty and making their own imaginary adventures.

Just as long as they don’t bring home any skunks as pet.

 

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This post inspired by Kids, Go Catch a Raccoon, by Ben James for The Atlantic | Cover image from Dogear Diary Blog and used for purpose of criticism, comment, news reporting.