Domestication?

I was contacted by a viewer of Max who believes that I need to improve my bond with Max and allow him total access to me. He mentioned Messi, the puma on YouTube and how he’s completely domesticated. One cannot compare my bond with Max to Messi’s bond with his family. I’m sure they are with him 24/7. I have a full time job, rescued domestic cats and a number of exotics that all take up my time. I don’t have a husband to do the lawn care in the summer or snow removal in the winter. I am the handyman in my house. I also have a mother whose health is deteriorating that resides with me. I love Messi. I think he’s an awesome feline but with his physical disabilities comes mental ones too. He’s not a normal cougar. I worked with them as a zookeeper and although I bottle-raised Amos, he thought about nothing else but to try and dominate me inside his enclosure. I also think that personality plays a big part. Messi is emotionally a cub, so he’s very chilled.

I didn’t get Max to have him live in my house as a pet. I don’t believe he belongs in my house or in my bed. He loves the snow and the outside enrichment. Why would I rob him of that? He was obtained to educate and excite children in hopes that they would become interested in our wildlife. I love him dearly and have spent my savings tending to his care.

My state license prohibits owning a lynx as a pet. It also prohibits public contact (except my vets) and therefore Max was raised only accustomed to me. A team of caregivers could have conditioned him for easier vet visits but I had to and still have to follow the law. I was told by this viewer that if Max and I had a natural bond, he could be walked into the vets on a leash and with the “right care” his aggression would gradually subside. Ha-ha. I would never bring Max into the vets on a leash even if he was easy going in that area. Anything can go wrong. Heck, I’ve seen problems with dogs. All animals are unpredictable. Zookeeping taught me that.

So, I leave you with these thoughts. I do the best that I can with the time that I have when it comes to Max. Personally, I think I’ve done an excellent job. Is it perfect? Nope, but life isn’t perfect. Also, if someone wants to pay me to quit my museum job so I can sit home to train, play, and love on Max, bring it on!

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  1. Miss Bernie, You are doing a great job in raising Max!! Your going to hear all know of know it all’s that think they are smarter than you But just overlook them and >>>> Keep on keeping on

    On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 10:28 AM Max Canada Lynx wrote:

    > Wildlife Education by Bernie posted: “I was contacted by a viewer of Max > who believes that I need to improve my bond with Max and allow him total > access to me. He mentioned Messi, the puma on YouTube and how he’s > completely domesticated. One cannot compare my bond with Max to Messi’s > bond wit” >

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  2. You’re doing a fine job Bernie
    And at the end of the day the only thing that really matters is what you think.

    It’s gracious of you to include all of us along for the ride and I want to thank you for enriching my life.

    If people aren’t you they have no right to judge your decisions.
    They think they can describe the view.
    But they’ve never been to the top of that mountain before.

    Don’t waste time getting upset at the people who stop you to criticize your life it’s always someone that has no idea of the price you paid to get where you are today.

    Keep On Truckin babe.

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  3. I have had the sheer pleasure of watching you interact with your Max! Don’t change a thing!!! There will always be those who think they know more than they really do! You have done a remarkable job with him while allowing him to continue to be who he is – A Canada Lynx!!

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