One man's snarling three headed dog is another man's cute little puppy.
A Fluffy Tamer is a person skilled with animals, and is especially good at the kind of snarling beasts which qualify to be called Fluffy the Terrible. A Fluffy Tamer isn't merely good with such creatures, they are the ones most likely to name them "Fluffy" in the first place. To them, such creatures are as adorable as any kitten or similar house pet. They would either be mortally offended by the idea of What Measure Is a Non-Cute? or hold it in completely opposite regard than your average person. The main drawback of such a pastime seems to be having to deal with consequences of Muggles and Idiot Heroes freaking out when they see a beast and mistake Fluffy Tamer for Distressed Damsel or something. Repeatedly.
Such characters are frequently a Friend to All Living Things. Other times this preference may only extend so far and won't encompass all scary beasts but perhaps just a particular kind. They may also be a Nightmare Fetishist, who finds beauty in all things terrifying.
A surefire sign of a Fluffy Tamer is speaking to such ravaging beasts in Baby Talk and not getting eaten. If the Fluffy Tamer works by being terrifying to all animals, she's less likely to call him Fluffy and more likely to name him George. Compare Admiring the Abomination, where the character is more impressed than afraid of Fluffy's acid spit and fifteen-inch fangs; contrast Animals Hate Him, who may think they're good with animals but really aren't.
See also Nightmare Fetishist, The Beastmaster, Domesticated Dinosaurs.
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Anime and Manga
There is a story arc in Chocotto Sister in which Choko discovers a gigantic kitty cat (a.k.a. a panther), names it Kuro (the Japanese equivalent of a black cat named "Blackie"), and doesn't get eaten.
In the Pokémon anime, Misty is known to adore all Water Pokémon, finding even Tentacruel beautiful. The only Water Pokémon she ever disliked was Gyarados. And that had more to do with a childhood trauma than the Pokémon itself (a manga version of Misty uses a Gyarados, too). Her Fluffy Taming doesn't extend beyond Water Pokémon however, and she finds Bug Pokémon repulsive.
She makes a guest appearance later in the series, where she uses a Gyarados - and kisses its Poké Ball before throwing it.
It's also the same one that gave her childhood trauma. Revealed why in a spinoff episode that she, as a young baby, crawled straight into the mouth of a sleeping Gyarados! The same spinoff episode shows how she overcame her fear and befriended the Gyarados.
Alder in Pokémon Black and White is this way too, once he quits goofing off. The guy is able to flip a Gigalith which was rampaging through a town and destroying everything over with his bare hands, after realizing it's got a nail in its foot. Throw in a Potion to heal the wound, and the thing calms right down. Of course, it didn't seem to work all the time. His Bouffalant goofed off during his battle with Ash.
In fairness, Alder spent most of that battle asleep, so it was more Bouffalant being mad at him.
Kukuri of Mahoujin Guru Guru reaches the fourth level of a tower made for her to train her powers, the last before she reaches the top. There she must befriend a creature named Tora Tora before she can proceed. The previous three tests Kukuri did took her three, one, and two months respectively for a total of six. She has Tora Tora giving her horsey rides before the person giving her the test is finished killing time dancing.
When Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu of Magic Knight Rayearth first entered Cephiro, they met a large flying fish. Umi and Fuu agree that, unlike Hikaru, their first instinct was not to pick it up and give it a hug.
It's very much part of her personality: when the trio found an "injured puppy" (really one of Ascot's monsters disguised as a cute creature) Hikaru was the first to pick it up, bandage it, and care for it like it was her own dog. Even when it reverted to its true form as a whale-sized fire-breathing monstrosity, she STILL tried to get it to calm down and play nice, and was devastated when she had to put it down.
Luffy finds a huge foreboding three-headed dog on one of his adventures and decides to tame it. The sequence goes something like this:
Luffy: Okay. Shake. All three heads of the dog bite Luffy. No really. Luffy (soothing tone): Good dog. Now let go. Slowly. Carefully... Three-headed dogs confused at his calm tone slowly let him go. Luffy (smashing them into a wall): You bastard! Luffy (to the now unconscious dog): Shake.
Also, Robin found the dog to be cute, putting her in line with this. Luffy is later seen triumphantly riding his tamed pet. A chapter cover also shows Robin preferring a scarred wolf over a cute seal.
On the way to Fishman Island, Luffy feels an irresistible urge to tame an enormous octopus named Kraken. Knowing Luffy... it should come as no surprise he pulls it off.
Luffy's new Haki abilities seem to give him this power as a bit of a secondary effect. That tends to happen when you're taught to stare at people in a way that tells even the most hardened criminal to shut the hell up and do what they're told. Or simply knock them unconscious depending on the strength of your 'will' vs. their's.
While her personality is rather unlikable to others, Machi from Nagasarete Airantou is beloved by her Shikigami, who she treats as friend when all other summoners consider them mere tools. Machi's great-grandmother Yashiro is the same.
While perhaps more of a Killer Rabbit Tamer, Tamako of Dennou Coil is the controller of the Satchii and Kyuu-chan anti-virus programs. She's also prone to giving them affection pet names like "Tama", a Japanese equivalent to "Fluffy," and praising them like one would a pet.
Mizuki of Onidere wherever bears are involved. She can summon them at will and has gone to amusement parks and played Indian poker with them.
Caro of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS was born with the ability to summon not one, but 2 dragons. One of them is an ancient dragon capable of wiping out a city, Godzilla-style. She does manage to befriend both of them, though, against the odds.
Note that summon beasts are implied to be vastly more intelligent than a normal wild animal. The aforementioned ancient dragon, named "Voltaire", is also said to be a dragon god, whom Caro does not "summon" so much as call upon in times of great need.
Misao Nanjo from Pani Poni Dash! has among her managerie squirrels, hamsters, fish, snakes, ostriches, and alligators. She absolutely adores them, gives them cutesy names based on what species they are, and the alligator once saved Becky from drowning.
In Durarara!!, Celty turns out to have named her massive, undead, headless horse-turned-motorcycle Shooter. She thinks the way it terrifies random passers-by on the street is adorable.
In Softenni, the tennis club is attacked by a ginormous bear. Kurusu fights it to a standstill, naked. Then makes it so the rest of the team (except Chitose, who's carried by the neck of her uniform in its mouth) can ride it the rest of the way up the mountain. Then Kurusu waves goodbye to the bear, calling it her friend.
In the XXXenophile story "Rescue 911 a.d.," the unnamed hero goes goes into the dragon's lair not to kill it or take its treasure but to "ease its loneliness." May not count because he's half-dragon.
In one Marvel Adventures issue, Hercules comes by and asks the Avengers to pet-sit two of his dogs: giant monstrous underworld hounds, one with three and one with two heads (though Hercules tells them apart by their different spots...) One of them might even be the actual Cerberus. Not only does he treat them like cute puppies, so do the Avengers, who have nothing better to do and start teaching them stupid tricks.
This is the Avengers. They're the people who put "fight off invading alien armada" on their list of 10 things to do before lunch.
When she and Carnage first encountered the Doppelganger, Spider-Man foe Shriek stopped Carnage from killing it because she thought it was neat, and eventually turned it into a loyal little pet. To put things in perspective, Doppelganger is an animalistic, six-armed, fanged monster clone of Spider-Man with compound eyes. It got even freakier looking when it came Back from the Dead, mostly due the photorealistic approach the artist took.
Played for laughs in The Horror! The Horror!, where Harry moved to Africa to start a potion-supply business and routinely handled animals ranging from Acromantulas to a manticore to a Nundu.
In The Chronicles of Riddick, the titular character is found at one point happily patting what was up until that moment a large, vicious, bear-like creature that seemed more than happy to tear into whatever it could find that stood still for long enough (which even snapped and roared at the inmate that happened upon the odd pair) with no explanation from Riddick besides a nonchalant comment of "It's an animal thing". One possibility is that because the creature possesses eye-shine similar to Riddick, it may have originated on Furya at well.
The film Gamera The Invincible has a little boy named Kenny who befriends the titular giant turtle despite everyone else thinking Gamera's nothing more than a destructive monster.
And, let's be honest, in the first movie that is exactly what Gamera is.
Thorgrim, the henchman who cared for the giant snake in the movie Conan the Barbarian (1982). He was suitably pissed when Conan and friends hacked off its head.
In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup astounds his Viking community on how he is able to handle fearsome dragons without fear. However, this is because he has taken the time to seriously observe dragons and discovered that all the old negative assumptions about the beasts are wrong.
In the Russian movie Polosaty Reys (Striped Freight), a whole bunch of tigers and lions are set loose upon a cargo liner they've been freight by (no gore, it's a comedy). The stewardess suddenly finds herself in favor of the predators, grooms them and even manages to herd them back into their cages. Doubled since she's played by an actual tiger trainess.
That same supplemental material reveals that Rancors are Fluffy the Terrible of the Gentle Giant variety; they're sort of like big, loveable apes with strong parental instincts. The particular Rancor from the movie fell victim to Jabba the Hutt's prejudices; because it looked big, mean, and nasty, he ordered it starved and mistreated so that it would make a good show when he threw people into it's pen. That's right, the Rancor is the Star Wars equivalent of a pit bull. If a pit bull were large enough to eat you in a single bite. They are even used as beasts of burden on their homeworld of Dathomir.
In the 1994 live action film of The Jungle Book, Mowgli is this. The end of the film centers on him being able to look into Shere Khan's eyes and stop him in his tracks.
The film of The Spiderwick Chronicles has the kids summon a half-puma, half-vulture gryphon who screams, roars, and beats its wings like a territorial animal about to attack. Jared and Mallory back away in a panic, have a brief chat with Thimbletack over whether it's a bird or a mammal, and look back to see Simon petting it as it lowers its head and purrs.
The potentially most famous example is Harry Potter's Rubeus Hagrid. He has raised giant spiders, baby dragons, and a three headed dog. Their names were Aragog, Norbert, and Fluffy, respectively. He's a half-giant, so such creatures are less likely to hurt him, but he tends to not realize that most people aren't as indestructible as he is. This has landed him in trouble numerous times. Tom Riddle was able to use Aragog to frame him for opening the Chamber of Secrets and yet he never seems to learn. He's also a Fluffy breeder, credited with the creation of the Blast-Ended Skrewts, an incredibly dangerous and aggressive hybrid possessed of absolutely no useful qualities.
Lady Sybil Ramkin from Discworld is this way towards dragons. Also worth noting is she likes Nobby Nobbs when she first meets him.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, Nanny Ogg can only see her tomcat Greebo as the sweet little kitten she first took in. This would be the Greebo that is said to be able to fight and/or rape anything up to and including a four-horse logging wagon, and has killed at least two vampires: he ate one in Witches Abroad (said vampire was in bat form at the time), and the other one in Carpe Jugulum he just attacked violently for disturbing his nap.
Hodgesaargh, Lancre's royal falconer, is somewhat of an example, although he doesn't name his charges "Fluffy". Still, he's successfully reared the most lethal feathered hunters in the world (which is, after all half the point of falconry). He just hasn't managed to tame them completely (admittedly, this is the other half). And that's still better than some people could manage, given that Lancre's native birds of prey are described as having "a certain 'sod-you' disposition".
This is how Letitia demonstrates she has more depth than Tiffany thought in I Shall Wear Midnight. Her reactions to a headless ghost and a screaming skeleton were to give them, respectively, a pumpkin to carry under her arm and a teddy-bear.
In The Thrawn Trilogy, Talon Karrde keeps a pair of vornskrs, Sturm and Drang, as pets. Wild vornskrs are quite vicious and dangerous, as Luke and Mara find, but apparently surgically removing their tails curbs their aggression. Even so, Sturm and Drang are both hostile to Force-Sensitives, even if they don't make instant diving leaps of death, and won't listen to his commands to relax. Karrde does have the sense to have one of his people take the animals away when he talks to Luke.
As soon as he learns about the hostility...
In Otis Adelbert Kline's novel Outlaws of Mars, the hero attempts to save a Martian woman he just met from a hideous lizard monster that he sees running towards her. After he kills it the weeping woman has him arrested for killing her pet that she raised from a baby.
In Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick's Max and Me and the Time Machine the Earl of Hampshire's daughter Lady Elizabeth kept an ill-tempered, vicious falcon named Fluff-ums.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Stark children and Jon Snow adopt a litter of Direwolf pups near the beginning of the series. The pups quickly grow into powerful beasts the size of ponies. Daenarys Targaryen hatches three dragon eggs at the end of the first book. They also grow rather quickly. Unfortunately for Daenarys, she has trouble taming them because of their increased aggression and taste for human flesh.
Live Action TV
Dueling ShowsThe Addams Family and The Munsters both, due to how altogether ooky they were. The Addamses had a pet lion (Kitty Cat), an aggressive plant (Cleopatra), and Pugsley had a pet octopus. The Munsters were noted for their pet dragon, Spot, that lived under the stairs.
Night Court had a stinger joke where Bull tells the Judge that he has a new pet and takes him to his office. It turns out to be a large crocodile and Bull notes, "I call him 'Muffin'."
Mythology and Legend
St. Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Gubbio.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons has various "Beastmaster" kits. Naturally raising Up to Eleven in settings like Dark Sun, where a dumb lizard the size of a house is but one of many usual means of transportation and the desert has more than enough powerful beasts and semi-sentient monsters one could persuade to cooperate.
In Third Edition, a Druid could start out with a pet wolf or cobra (or, admittedly, some cuddlier critters), and after gaining experience has the opportunity to tame larger and fiercer animals, such as a 35-foot-long (10.7m) dire tiger or a Tyrannosaurus.
Fourth Edition/Essentials introduces the Fey Beast Tamer character theme, which allows a character of any class to have a monster from the Feywild as a loyal pet. The four default ones are a Blink Dog, a Feywild Panther, a Displacer Beast, and an Owlbear.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has an NPC standing outside Amity Park (which only admits "cute" Pokémon) complaining about discrimination against his Steelix.
Thanks to the complete aversion of What Measure Is a Non-Cute? any Pokémon trainer can become one of these. Want to raise a giant fire-breathing dragon and call it Snookums? Sure, why not? The embodiment of nightmares? A Pokemon doesn't mind at all what its nickname is. Player Characters will be Player Characters. However the Tamer Class among NPCs is the closest to this trope.
Pokémon X and Y brings it to the logical extreme with Pokémon-Amie. From the tiniest kitten-like critter to gigantic, snarling behemoths, all are fair game for petting, cuddling, playing and feeding Puffs.
Pet classes in MMOs will often count. For example, Hunters from World of Warcraft can tame things like Devilsaurs and Core Hounds.
An NPC example is Watcher Leesa'oh at the Cenarion Watchpost in Zangarmarsh, who gushes over her beloved tiger, Buddy.
In Half-Life 2, Dr. Isaac Kleiner keeps a "de-beaked" headcrab as a pet. Its name is Lamarr.
In the Final Fantasy series, the job classes Beastmaster and Trainer are precisely this, able to tame wild monsters from that cute little flying kitty to that rampaging three-headed hydra. The Mediator/Orator class in Final Fantasy Tactics can even learn the "Tame" and "Beast Tongue" abilities to use while equipping another class, and they only work on animals, leading to situations where a tiny White Mage is backed up by her new pet, the Dark Behemoth.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a monster taming mechanic. Serah will often praise the Mon party member with an affectionate "Good boy!", regardless of what the monster is, be it a cute kitten in a jar, a chocobo, or a behemoth.
In zOMG!, a labtech asks you to acquire technology from vicious prairie dog/cyborg aliens, in hopes that he can build a translator to communicate with them. When you meet him again in the Sealab Compound, he indicates that he can communicate with Grunnies, and that they gave him a heads-up you were coming.
Colette and Raine from Tales of Symphonia will, if you defeat a monster with them in the party, have the following exchange.
Raine: I wonder what the enemy's name was. Colette: I like "Poochy!" Raine: No, dear, I was talking about the species.
Luke: "What's that monster called?" Tear: "Fluffy!" Luke: "Huh?" Tear: "I thought it'd be cute..."
In Fall from Heaven, one of the available leaders for the Balseraph Civilization is Keelyn, a young girl who was Raised By Summons - she basically grew up around minor demons and summoned monsters, and eventually used her affinity for them to seize control of the kingdom. Her favorite is a towering demon named 'Giggles'.
In Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, Qwark somehow manages to tame an Agorian War Grok, a feral, bloodthirsty beast the size of a small house. He calls it "Snowball".
In Star Ocean The Last Hope, there's Lymle with her demonic canine Cerberus whom she refers to as "Doggy". Also, a catgirl is normally not considered Fluffy the Terrible, but when you consider the fact that she crossed over alternate dimensions and was treated as a monster by special forces black ops, well...
This is the job of a Dungeon Master in Dwarf Fortress. Having one lets you tame anything with the [PET_EXOTIC] tag, which means you can greet a siege with a flock of War Giant Eagles or Giant Cave Spider web-turrets.
Of course, given that the Dungeonmaster class is suffering from a few bugs at time of writing, the player can always replace those tags with regular [PET] and [TRAINABLE] tags in the raws to make any beast tameable by default.
The Dungeonmaster was eventually phased out entirely: now how well you can tame an "exotic" animal depends on your dwarfs' experience with that specific creature. So with enough time you can have an entirely civilization of Fluffy Tamers.
Anyone who owns a Mabari in the Dragon Age games. While Mabari do act like adorable puppies around the people they like, one can't forget that they are sentient warhounds fully capable of tearing apart armored warriors.
The Ranger Specialisation for Rogues allows them to summon a Wolf or a Bear to fight alongside them in battle.
In Dragon Age IIMark of the Assassin, Duke Prosper has a pet wyvern named "Leopold". Wyverns are huge, vicious, venom-spitting, man-eating lizards, and Leopold is much bigger and stronger than wild wyverns. Prosper has tamed Leopold so well that he can ride the beast.
In Dead Rising 2, Chuck can tame a tiger by the name of Snowflake. Not only that, but he can even give it to his daughter as a pet.
Rune Factory series lets you tame monsters, name them, pet them, and make them do chores or fight with you. A monster "wooly" is known for being so cute that almost everyone in-game like them, especially the in third game, where a few heroines have a common quest to discover a certain golden wooly. That golden wooly is the protagonist in his monster form.
Dragon Quest V has a cheerful boy Parry Gotha taking interest in his father's ability to capture and tame monsters. He inherited this power from his own mother, a woman who could purge the evil out of monsters.
Fiona, one of the Demoniac heroes in Heroes of Might and Magic III, gives combat bonuses to any Hellhounds and cerberi in her army. Her backstory states that she worked as a circus animal tamer before her family were enslaved by the Kreegans, and her experience with animals means she's possibly the only being who can pacify their violent temperaments.
In Mass Effect 2, Shepard can feed a Varren named Urz, who was a former pit-fighting champion. Despite having teeth that are several inches long, Urz gleefully proceeds to follow them around the Urdnot Camp like a puppy.
Lampshaded in Mass Effect 3, where the black-market Shepard VI program claims that Shepard looks like a Varren person.
Jack takes it Up to Eleven in Citadel with a formerly abused biotic varren. Shepard ends up using a frying pan to play fetch with him.
Javik claims that in his Cycle, the Prothean's used to ride Thresher Maws (though he claims they're bigger now). Of course, he's known for being something of a Troll.
The Falmer in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim somehow tamed and domesticated Charuses: vicious giant carnivorous insectoid monsters. Chauruses are docile livestock to their Falmer masters, but fearsome predators to everything else in Skyrim. In Dawnguard, one of the members of the Dawnguard tamed a bunch of trolls and made armor for them. The player can pay him 500 gold to take an armored troll as a follower.
Annie, the Dark Child, of League of Legends is an eight year old mage who tamed a Shadow Bear at the age of two, named it Tibbers, and carries him around in the form of a plushie teddy bear. Unless she wants to sic him on her enemies.
The Powerpuff Girls episode "Three Girls and a Monster" features Blossom and Buttercup arguing Brains VS Brawn to deal with a new monster. Bubbles flies up to it, asks it to leave "pretty please with sugar on top" and it peacefully walks away.
In "The Pet" episode of Wander Over Yonder, Wander finds the spider creature adorable naming it "Captain Tim", unknowingly after the captain of the ship the monster ate. Wander treats it like a pet, but even finds raising it to be a challenge ("He's stolen my heart . . . HE'S STEALING MY HEART!"), he and Sylvia "give" it to Lord Hater, who's also very fond of it.
On the Futurama episode "Spanish Fry", Lrr and Nd-Nd, the fearsome rulers of Omicron Persei 8, meet Bigfoot and start gushing over it as if he were a fluffy bunny.
Lilo from Lilo & Stitch single-handedly turns a rampaging, gentically-modified alien into a loving pet. She procedes to do the same to 625 other such creatures in the series by finding "their one true place."
And in one of the episodes, Mrs. Hasagawa has adopted and tamed multiple experiments—but she insists on calling them her 'cats' despite none of them looking any close to one.
Also when he becomes a superhero, he gets a pet wolverine. "Tamer" might not be the best word for it though, given that the wolverine tried to kill Cosmo in his sleep.
Harley Quinn and her "babies" — the Joker's pair of snarling pet hyenas.
Molly from Bump In The Night tries to tame the Closet Monster in "Comforting the Uncomfortable."
Charlotte from Making Fiends has the ability to friend most, if not all, of the fiends Vendetta makes, even to the ability to taming all her guard dog puppies, and keeping them as pets.
Noah from Total Drama World Tour. When the contestants get attacked by an angry yeti in Paris, he's able to train it to play fetch with an imaginary ball via All Animals Are Dogs. This is justified as he mentions that the trick 'always works on my dog'.
In the second part of the pilot, she calmly flies up to a Manticore that had been kicking the group's butt, pulls a thorn out of its paw, and calms it down, all without a hint of fear. It licks her like a happy puppy.
She didn't know it had a thorn, either.
There are exceptions such as in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" where a vicious hydra is determined to devour her, and she can't do anything but flee for her life. The only thing she's legitimately afraid of is adult dragons (which further justifies her inability to deal with the aforementioned hydra). Her logic for all those other things she can face down is "because it's not a dragon", except for Spike, where the logic is "because he's tiny and adorable and not big".
Or, more specifically 'gobble up a pony in one bite' big.
While not as impressive as the above, there's also the matter of a fairly large bear that's been shown among her animal friends in a few episodes.
South Park: If Eric Cartman taming Cthulu himself to engage in mass murder doesn't qualify, nothing will.
Among the pets owned by Ruby Gloom's Iris, we have a giant flying worm called Squig and a venus flytrap named Venus. The episode "Iris Springs Eternal" ends with her happily cultivating an entire garden of flytraps actively trying to eat her. She even successfully taught Venus to speak.
In Garfield and Friends/U.S.Acres, Wade Duck, believe it or not! In "Show Stoppers", he has a giant pet bull who he named Fido. Fido ended up chasing Orson's mean brothers away.
This is the job of César Millán as featured on the National Geographic Channel, his speciality being breeds that are (unfairly) thought of as Fluffies... Pitbulls and Rottweilers.
Steve Irwin may not have given them cutesy names, but he definitely was good with dangerous animals.
An episode of That's Incredible featured an otherwise normal American family that reared a brood of large cats - 10 cougars, 4 bobcats, a jaguar, and a lynx. All were treated affectionately as if they were housecats.
Your average circus, zoo or water park animal tamer, charged with telling giant carnivorous animals to perform tricks for our amusement.
Killer Whales come to mind, although they and pandas may be a subversion in that they are generally considered cute.
Killer Whales also don't attack humans in wild, and most accidents involving whales in captivity had them going mad (who can blame them?) or simply forgetting their size / making a mistake (which is usually deadly for a trainer, as Killer Whale weights 7-9 tons, and human 70 - 90 kg).
This brave fellow shows that if you raise Polistes wasps from an early age and desensitize them to your fingers they will happily eat whatever you hand them on your finger. It's implied he's not only feeding a wasp, but a queen wasp whose behavior could determine whether the colony will accept him or sting him mercilessly.
ASPCA agent Mark MacDonald, who often appears on Animal Precinct, one of the Animal Cops series, is known as the Beastmaster (not to be confused with The Beastmaster) for his ability to calm and handle the various creatures the agents are called on to rescue.
Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. is this, catching a variety of nuisance animals, including wild hogs, coyotes, and snapping turtles, with his bare hands, a stick to use as a target for its teeth so he can grab them, and a sack. He usually gives them a name before he releases them back into the wild.