Say we lived in some bizarro world where some other species kept us as pets/zoo exhibits. How difficult would humans be to take care of compared to, say, conventional animals we’ve domesticated/kept as pets/keep in zoos?
Let’s say we’re dealing with humans raised in ‘alien’ capitivity, i.e. not someone plucked from civilization but born in an alien ‘zoo’ or raised by a mother who was an alien’s pet. I can think of a couple of things that might be an issue-
-Clothing. We wear clothes, but that isn’t necessarily an instinct, is it? I imagine being raised in captivity we would wear/not wear whatever the aliens thought was suitable. I’m no nudist, but I don’t know how comfortable (temperature-wise)it would be spending 100% of my time completely naked, particularly if the ambient temps were below 70F.
-How instinctively social are we? Some animals will practically die of loneliness unless you have several to keep each other company. Others will practically kill themselves if you put them with the same gender/different gender at the wrong times. If an alien family kept a sole human as a ‘pet’ would it be able to thrive being more or less devoid of any other human contact?
-What kind of mannerisms do humans have if they have been separated from their mothers at a young age? I imagine that if domesticated, human speech patterns would be greatly diminished.
-How much space do you think we would be given (purely speculative, obviously) as a pet? Would it be like a dog or a cat, where we could roam freely? Or would our opposible thumbs and intellect pose too many problems for our alien owners, and end up keeping us in cages? I suppose we could look at behaviors of prisoners/solitary confinement to see what happens to someone in this environment, but would someone born into it be able to cope better?
-Food: How complex are our dietary needs compared to, say, a dog? We’re omnivores, which helps. Would we be given human kibble? Would alien experts discourage owners from feeding us ‘scraps’ from their own dinner tables?