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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Krusty forced to release Mr. Teeny into the wild, cut to Mr. Teeny being surrounded by other wild chimpanzees glaring at him and confiscate his lighter when he tries to smoke a cigarette.


** Another episode's plot revolves around this idea, where Eliza releases a gas station's hyena mascot from his cage, only for him struggling to adjust to life as a wild hyena.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_the_lion Christian the Lion]] is a real life subversion. He was raised as a pet in London during the 1960's. When he grew too large to live in the city, he was taken to a wildlife preserve where he adapted very quickly becoming the leader of his very own pride.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_the_lion Christian the Lion]] is a real life real-life subversion. He was raised as a pet in London during the 1960's. When he grew too large to live in the city, he was taken to a wildlife preserve where he adapted very quickly becoming the leader of his very own pride.


* In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', Rincewind gets rid of the annoying parrot by giving it to a jungle explorer, saying it's cruel to keep it in the city. Despite [[PollyWantsAMicrophone the parrot itself]] insisting "I was ''born'' in a cage, you raving wossname!"

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* In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', ''Literature/{{Eric}}'', Rincewind gets rid of the annoying parrot by giving it to a jungle explorer, saying it's cruel to keep it in the city. Despite [[PollyWantsAMicrophone the parrot itself]] insisting "I was ''born'' in a cage, you raving wossname!"

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* In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', Rincewind gets rid of the annoying parrot by giving it to a jungle explorer, saying it's cruel to keep it in the city. Despite [[PollyWantsAMicrophone the parrot itself]] insisting "I was ''born'' in a cage, you raving wossname!"


* In the Creator/{{Disney}} AnimatedAdaptation of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Tod, a fox raised by a kindly old woman, initially struggles to survive as a wild fox when his adoptive mother releases him into the woods to save him from a neighboring [[Literature/MobyDick Captain Ahab-like]] hunter. He adapts after a few scenes.

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* In the Creator/{{Disney}} AnimatedAdaptation of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Tod, a fox raised by a kindly old woman, initially struggles to survive as a wild fox when his adoptive mother releases him into the woods to save him from a neighboring [[Literature/MobyDick Captain Ahab-like]] hunter. He adapts after a few scenes.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BaltoIIWolfQuest'', Balto's wolf-dog daughter Aleu (who inherited more wolf attributes than her siblings) runs off into the wild and ends up [[AChildShallLeadThem leading a pack]] of wolves.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BaltoIIWolfQuest'', Balto's wolf-dog daughter Aleu (who inherited more wolf attributes than her siblings) was raised around humans. She runs off into the wild and ends up [[AChildShallLeadThem leading a pack]] of wolves.



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* ''Literature/{{Pax}}'': The fox was tamed as a kit and left in a forest several years later. He almost starves, but Runt catches food for him.


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* ''Born Free'' is all about trying to rehabilitate such an animal (specifically a lion) to the wild.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': In ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E03PodPeople Pod People]]'', the boy Tommy hatches and raises an alien, who he names Trumpy. At the end, Tommy figures out he can't keep the alien anymore, so he sets Trumpy loose in the forest.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': In ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E03PodPeople Pod People]]'', the boy Tommy hatches and raises an alien, who he names Trumpy. At the end, Tommy figures out he can't keep the alien anymore, so he sets Trumpy loose in the forest.



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* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame, exotic pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.

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SubTrope of FishOutOfWater, often the result of PetBabyWildAnimal. Compare RaisedByOrcs, RaisedByWolves, EscapedFromTheLab, and APetIntoTheWild. Contrast with FromStrayToPet, where a stray domestic animal gets adopted,

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SubTrope of FishOutOfWater, often the result of PetBabyWildAnimal. Compare RaisedByOrcs, RaisedByWolves, EscapedFromTheLab, and APetIntoTheWild. Contrast with FromStrayToPet, where a stray stray/feral domestic animal gets adopted,



* In ''WesternAnimation/BaltoIIWolfQuest'', Balto's daughter Aleu (who inherited more wolf attributes than her siblings) runs off into the wild and ends up [[AChildShallLeadThem leading a pack]] of wolves.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BaltoIIWolfQuest'', Balto's wolf-dog daughter Aleu (who inherited more wolf attributes than her siblings) runs off into the wild and ends up [[AChildShallLeadThem leading a pack]] of wolves.



* Animal rights groups such as [=PETA=] have been known to take animals and dump them into the wild. In one misguided endeavour, one group ended up releasing a bunch of rabbits who had been raised in a lab. Understandably, most quickly died.
* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.
* There have been multiple incidents where an AnimalWrongsGroup broke into a research facility or farm and turned all the animals loose. In nearly every case, this ended badly as the newly-freed animals starved, died of exposure, or other ways, such as one high-profile case where minks were released from a fur farm and were subsequently killed trying to cross a busy road nearby.

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* Animal rights groups such as [=PETA=] have been known to take animals and dump them into the wild. In one misguided endeavour, one group ended up releasing a bunch of rabbits who had been raised in a lab. Understandably, most quickly died.\n* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.\n* There have been multiple incidents where an AnimalWrongsGroup broke into a research facility or farm and turned all the animals loose. In nearly every case, this ended badly as the newly-freed animals starved, died of exposure, or other ways, such as one high-profile case where minks were released from a fur farm and were subsequently killed trying to cross a busy road nearby. In another misguided endeavour, one group ended up releasing a bunch of rabbits who had been raised in a lab. Understandably, most quickly died.
* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame, exotic pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.


* Cats are stereotyped as adjusting to the wild easily, but this is actually a myth. Cats that have spent their life indoors are not magically suddenly going to develop hunting and other survival skills, and even indoor-outdoor cats that already know how to hunt will struggle to survive in the wild like every wild animal does. For these reasons, abandoning cats to the wild is very cruel.


* Averted with Bagheera in Creator/RudyardKipling's original ''Literature/JungleBook''. He was raised in the Maharajah's menagerie but had no trouble adapting to jungle life after his escape.

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* Averted with Bagheera in Creator/RudyardKipling's original ''Literature/JungleBook''. He ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' was raised in the Maharajah's menagerie but had no trouble adapting to jungle life after his escape.



* Creator/JackLondon's two most famous novels
** ''Literature/WhiteFang'': Inverted. A wild wolf-dog learns to be a pet. The normal dogs treat him poorly because they can smell he's part wolf and he does not adapt well. He is then sold off and forced into illegal dog fighting until he almost dies.
** ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'': Averted. A dog who grew up on a manor in California is taken to the Yukon and made a sled dog, forced to fight the other dogs for survival. Later he starts hunting and takes over a wolf pack.

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* Creator/JackLondon's two most famous novels
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''Literature/WhiteFang'': Inverted. A wild wolf-dog learns to be a pet. The normal dogs treat him poorly because they can smell he's part wolf and he does not adapt well. He is then sold off and forced into illegal dog fighting until he almost dies.
** ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'': Averted. A dog who grew up on a manor in California is taken to the Yukon and made a sled dog, forced to fight the other dogs for survival. Later he starts hunting and takes over a wolf pack.
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* Animal rights groups such as [=PETA=] have been known to take animals and dump them into the wild. In one misguided endeavour, one group ended up releasing a bunch of rabbits who had been raised in a lab. Understandably, most died.

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* Animal rights groups such as [=PETA=] have been known to take animals and dump them into the wild. In one misguided endeavour, one group ended up releasing a bunch of rabbits who had been raised in a lab. Understandably, most quickly died.


* Cats are stereotyped as adjusting to the wild easily, but this is actually a myth. Cats that have spent their life indoors are not magically suddenly going to develop hunting and other survival skills, and even indoor-outdoor cats that already know how to hunt will struggle to survive in the wild like every wild animal does. For these reasons, abandoning cats to the wild is very cruel.

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* Cats are stereotyped as adjusting to the wild easily, but this is actually a myth. Cats that have spent their life indoors are not magically suddenly going to develop hunting and other survival skills, and even indoor-outdoor cats that already know how to hunt will struggle to survive in the wild like every wild animal does. For these reasons, abandoning cats to the wild is very cruel.cruel.
* There have been multiple incidents where an AnimalWrongsGroup broke into a research facility or farm and turned all the animals loose. In nearly every case, this ended badly as the newly-freed animals starved, died of exposure, or other ways, such as one high-profile case where minks were released from a fur farm and were subsequently killed trying to cross a busy road nearby.


* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.

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* It isn't unknown for people to release their tame pet animals into the wild. This may-or-may-not work depending on the animal and the environment. Sometimes animals actually thrive and become an invasive species, but usually they die for various reasons.reasons.
* Cats are stereotyped as adjusting to the wild easily, but this is actually a myth. Cats that have spent their life indoors are not magically suddenly going to develop hunting and other survival skills, and even indoor-outdoor cats that already know how to hunt will struggle to survive in the wild like every wild animal does. For these reasons, abandoning cats to the wild is very cruel.


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* The Creator/DisneyChannel made-for-TV movie ''Cheetah The Hunted'' was about a domesticated cheetah that had to be trained to live in the wild.

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* The Creator/DisneyChannel made-for-TV movie ''Cheetah The Hunted'' was about a domesticated tamed cheetah that had to be trained to live in the wild.


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