Imagine human beings 1500 years in the future. Imagine them fully transcendent over their biological forms and fully integrated with digital forms of physicality. Imagine furthermore, that these new humans had set up a network of communication devices stretching across great cosmic distances allowing us to travel, in our data forms, very quickly over vast distances of space.
Now, imagine that having found a planet much like early earth, but lacking biological life, that we took it upon ourselves to create a hodge-podge set of creatures, utilizing our advanced genetic capabilities and then we went about stocking this new planet with fully evolved forms of life, from sea creatures, to running land animals, to plants and trees, supplemented by bacteria and enzymes, etc. Then of course, after having some fun with these things, we developed a type of humanoid, perhaps an animal of unimaginable form, but one nonetheless that was capable of social life and rational thought, but integrated with nature, so that it was somewhat primitive.
Further, imagine that we utilized various means to communicate with this creature and that set up rules, that we disciplined this creature, so as to make of ourselves Gods. And being good-natured, when this creature asked about how their world came to be we answered them, telling them how we quickly engineered various forms of life and injected them onto this world. And as this creature grew and developed it became more and more curious and demanding, and knowing what we knew about psychology, we knew that we were separated from this creature by our history, and slowly we had to let this creature go, leaving it with an oral history, but also leaving it with the beginnings of pain and existential suffering. We watched, occasionally we would intervene, but having set up a history much like our own, we veered toward isolation. The fate of such creatures might even be the source of furious debate among our own, and there might be an entire legal system developed to govern our relationship, a legal system that might occasionally be broken by rebellious individuals. Who knows? All I know is that I can see this as an empirical possibility knowing what I know about rational expectations about the potentials of current scientific endeavors.