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Old 06-15-04, 04:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally posted by mykee
Inbreeding occurs in nature, plain and simple, and these problems would eventually occur, just over a longer period of time.
I'm gonna have to disagree on that one. The only reasons these problems surface in captivity are because natural selection has been taken away. In nature only the strongest specimens survive and breed, this is a complete impossibility in captivity. In nature, weak animals are weeded out continuously, whereas in captivity they are not. Even those that breed seemingly fit animals, cannot tell if there is any underlying problems with the animals, as well as many people do not even care. In nature the inbreeding evolves animals, in captivity it can be a volatile situation.
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