Ok, I've heard of all kinds of weird pets
aboard, but never of anyone taming a seabird. Are they all inherently too wild to tame, or is it just something nobody has thought of?
I've thought about the cormorants the Chinese fishermen use, but not sure whether those can be called properly tame. Plus, they can get a bit whiffy. Ok, a lot whiffy, positively reeking, in fact. Perhaps only a useful addition to a sailor with an eye on easy provisioning
but without sense of smell. Most likely a bachelor, if not before, then certainly after.
Albatros; too big. Same goes for most penguins, though the little ones from Sydney
Harbour seem cute. Not game
on catching one though, might get in a spot of trouble with the local greenies. Wouldn't want one of those as a pet, for sure.
Osprey....now that would be cool, but perhaps a mite too dangerous, and messy and expensive to feed. Also, probably need a supermegayacht to keep it on.
Seagull would be an easy choice, given that they're everywhere, seem to be somewhat gregarious, intelligent and hardy. Mind you, they're also thieves, scavengers and utterly ruthless, so perhaps not sufficiently pet-like, except perhaps for certain types.
I'm thinking of something more along the lines of a frigate bird. They don't land on water
, so at least they have an incentive and instinct to stay aboard.
Anyone ever seen a tamed seabird, or is game
to try adopting a fledgling and raising it? Are there any other species of seabird that would be a likely candidate as a pet? Has anyone got an example of a tamed seabird pet?
People seem to have tamed most any other kind of creature, so I'm confident I'm not asking the impossible....