Only a few short years ago when we spoke about pets we meant dogs, cats, fish and birds. What counts as a pet now has grown to include a large variety of rodents, reptiles, arachnids and certain smaller primates; and as we learn more about the emotional support that is often provided by an animal, we are starting to see more people adopting certain breeds of horses and pigs as pets.
The reality is that a pet can be any animal that is kept for companionship and/or protection, regardless of what the animal’s traditional role is. Obviously there are laws that control this, especially when it comes to rare and exotic animals, but that is not the subject of today’s South African Sign Language lesson.
This week Thabo introduces you to a few signs relating to pets, including alternative signs relating to some animals.
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