Batek sometimes keep small animals as pets, but they do not coddle them as Americans do. When the animals die, people may eat them if they are common prey species (e.g., bats, bamboo rats), but not if they have raised them and become emotionally attached to them. This woman looks on while her two children play with their pet mouse.
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Mice as pets., Batek (Malaysian people) -- childhood and youth., Aring River (Malay)