Cage (enclosure)
A cage is an enclosure
Enclosure or inclosure is the process which ends traditional rights such as mowing meadows for hay, or grazing livestock on common land. Once enclosed, these uses of the land become restricted to the owner, and it ceases to be common land. In England and Wales the term is also used for the...

 made of mesh
Mesh consists of semi-permeable barrier made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible/ductile material. Mesh is similar to web or net in that it has many attached or woven strands.-Types of mesh:...

, bars
Rod (geometry)
In geometry, a rod is a three-dimensional, solid cylinder....

 or wire
A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads and to carry electricity and telecommunications signals. Wire is commonly formed by drawing the metal through a hole in a die or draw plate. Standard sizes are determined by various...

s, used to confine, contain or protect something or someone. A cage can serve many purposes, including keeping an animal in captivity
Captivity or Captive may refer to:*Imprisonment or hostage, the state of being confined to a space from which it is difficult or impossible to escape**Captive company...

, capturing, and being used for display of an animal at a zoo
A zoological garden, zoological park, menagerie, or zoo is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred....



Cages have been usually been used to capture or trap
Trap (tactic)
A trap is a device intended to catch an intruder or prey. "Trap" may also refer to the tactic of catching or harming an adversary. Conversely it may also mean a hindrance for change, being caught in a trap.-Device:*Animal trapping*Bird trapping...

 a certain life form. For this reason, they've been known as a hunting
Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife, for food, recreation, or trade. In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law...

 accessory, often used for poaching animals or simply seizing them.

In captivity

Cages are often used now as a source to confine
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 animals. These provide as a habitat to the animal, and since they've advanced so greatly, they are now specially designed to fit that species of animal. Captive Breed
A breed is a group of domestic animals or plants with a homogeneous appearance, behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals or plants of the same species. Despite the centrality of the idea of "breeds" to animal husbandry, there is no scientifically accepted...

s of bird
Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic , egg-laying, vertebrate animals. Around 10,000 living species and 188 families makes them the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. They inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from...

s, rodents, reptiles, and even larger animals have also been known to be confined in a cage as a domesticated animal (also known as a pet
A pet is a household animal kept for companionship and a person's enjoyment, as opposed to wild animals or to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic or productive reasons. The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful...

). Captivity is a common purpose of the cage.

Poaching and hunting

Cages also serve a purpose as a hunting tool, often used to seize
Seize may refer to:*Seisin, legal possession*Seizing, a class of knots used to semi-permanently bind together two ropes*Seize , a British electronic band*The jamming of machine parts against each other, usually due to insufficient lubrication...

 an animal. This is a common and illegal purpose of the cage, as poaching is illegal itself. These type of cages are used to trap an animal, or hold them for a certain period of time. President Theodore Roosevelt used a cage himself to capture a bear
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, as the cage serves a purpose for capturing large animals.

See also

  • Hutch (animal cage)
    Hutch (animal cage)
    A hutch is a type of cage used typically for housing domestic rabbits. Other small animals can also be housed in hutches.Most hutches have a frame constructed of wood, including legs to keep the unit off the ground. The floor may be wood, wire mesh, or some combination of the two. One or more...

  • Birdcage
    A birdcage is a cage designed to house birds as pets.Antique birdcages are often popular as collectors' items or as household decor but most are not suitable for housing live birds, being too small, or of unsafe materials or construction...

  • Cat enclosure
    Cat enclosure
    A domestic cat enclosure is either a permanent or a temporary structure intended to confine a cat or multiple cats to a designated space. Some cat enclosures have a secondary function of keeping other animals out, such as predators of cats or cat prey...

  • Gibbet
    A gibbet is a gallows-type structure from which the dead bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals. In earlier times, up to the late 17th century, live gibbeting also took place, in which the criminal was placed alive in a metal cage...

  • Fancy mouse
    Fancy mouse
    Fancy mice are domesticated breeds of the common or house mouse . The terms fancy and "feeder mice" are often used interchangeably by retailers, and are in fact the same variety of mouse....

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