One of my favorite blogs is The Wildlife Care Trust. I stumbled across their blog post about feral prince last year and it really caught my attention. The title of the post is “Crowning My Feral Prince” and it tells the story of a wild kingfisher named Tom who was brought into captivity and eventually released back into the wild. It’s an amazing story and one that I think speaks to all of us in some way. We all have a wild side and, sometimes, it can be hard to find that side again. But, in the end, it’s what makes us special. And, if we can tap into that side and help others do the same, that’s definitely something worth celebrating.
Crowning a feral prince
In late winter, I crowned my feral prince. He was the last of his kind, and I was determined to save him from a life of feralism. For two years, I worked with him everyday to condition him into a domesticated pet. Finally, he was ready.
We walked through the park together, hand in hand the whole way. The crowds oohed and ahhed as they took in our beautiful spectacle: a wild animal walking hand-in-hand with his human savior. It felt like a victory to have saved him from a life on the run, and I could not have been prouder of my feral prince.
Raising a feral prince
Raising a feral prince is not an easy task. It takes patience, love, and plenty of food to make sure he grows up into a healthy, happy animal. As with any pet, there are some things you need to know before taking on this challenge.
First and foremost, your prince will require a lot of space. He’ll need plenty of room to run and play without being disturbed, as well as access to fresh water and food. Make sure you have enough room in your home for him to roam freely, and also consider installing a fence or gate to keep him in.
Your prince will also need regular care. He needs lots of good quality nutrition, plenty of fresh water, and opportunities for exercise. Provide him with hay or straw to sleep on (and keep it clean), along with a few treats for when he’s behaving well. If he’s getting too big for his toys or running around the house like a wild man, put him in his kennel or give him some training at the zoo so that he knows how to behave properly indoors.
And finally…make sure you have patience! This is not a quick process – it can take months or even years before your prince becomes tame enough to be around people casually. Stick with it – it’ll be worth it in the end!
In this final installment of Crowning My Feral Prince, I introduce you to my new furry friend, Benny. Benny is a German shepherd mix who was abandoned in a park and then taken in by a local animal shelter. Once he arrived at my home, I knew it was fate that we bring him together and start his journey to becoming the perfect pet for me! In this article series, I’ve shown you all the steps necessary to raising a healthy and well-adjusted feral prince or princess. Be sure to read all four parts before making your decision on whether or not Benny is the perfect pet for you!