I don't think that Olympia was giving attitude, you just gave a comment that pretty much was bashing against all pets. But that's just my interpretation.
As for a person who volunteers at the zoo and deals with some wild animals as well as domesticated animals, I think that as long as you were informed you'd be good. Many times the wild animals act 1000 times better than the domestic ones. I really think that this whole 'wild animal' thing became very over blown. I get it, the cat was cute, but I don't think the OP was suggesting that we all go get them.
Wild animals can be great pets, but not all. One of my friends has a 'wild' squirrel as a pet, she raised it from when it was a baby. It's still considered wild even though it eats peanuts from your hand. And I plan on getting some wild fish. But no one ever in this conversation said: "Let's all get tigers" which is what you are suggesting.
But those are just my little bits of opinions.
The best way to help is to be forgiving. People aren't made with a book of ultimate information in their head. We need to inform, not insult; give advice, not lectures; and realize we're all human and we all make mistakes