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A cage designed to contain small animals
The hand of a marmoset caged at a butterfly park

A cage is an enclosure often made of mesh, bars or wires, used to confine, contain or protect something or someone. A cage can serve many purposes, including keeping an animal in captivity, capturing, and being used for display of an animal at a zoo.



In history, prisoners were sometimes kept in a cage. They would sometimes be chained up inside into uncomfortable positions to intensify suffering.


Cages have been usually been used to capture or trapping a certain life form. For this reason, they've been known as a hunting accessory, often used for poaching animals or simply seizing them.

In captivityEdit

Cages are often used now as a source to confine 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 breeds of birds, 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). Captivity is a common purpose of the cage.

Poaching and huntingEdit

A legal rabbit hunting trap
Sharks around a shark cage being used for shark tourism

Cages also serve a purpose as a hunting tool, often used to seize 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. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt used a cage himself to capture a bear, as the cage serves a purpose for capturing large animals.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to cages at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionary definition of cage at Wiktionary