One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal) taken from the wild rather than bred from captive stock.
- ‘Gallinaceous birds seem to be ideal model hosts for this kind of experimental study because wild-caught birds can be bred and raised in captivity and released successfully into wild populations.’
- ‘Commonly, farmed fish require wild-caught fish as fish feed, further depleting wild stocks.’
- ‘Therefore, I measured the average extraction rate of each species separately using wild-caught birds that I put into a large aviary.’
- ‘His organization opposes the trade in wild-caught birds because of conservation and cruelty concerns, but he warns of its health hazards as well.’
- ‘They were wild-caught birds from Ecuador and Peru which either were released or escaped after being imported as pets.’
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