A sentient is a living creature, whether it's habitat be land, air, water, or a combination of these. Sentients are sensitive to light, heat etc but most importantly they can feel pain.
Humans, cod, turkeys, crabs, pigs, dogs, rats etc. are all sentient creatures.
Girl - I'm going to get a sentient for my birthday.
Boy - Eh?
Girl - It's the polite way to say pet, pet is so last century.
Boy - What sort of animal will you chose? I've got a dog - he's great.
Girl - Well I've thought a long time about it and I've decided to get a rescued rat.
Boy - Yuk! A rat - you are seriously losing it.
Girl - Why? I all think rodents are lovely.
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