While dogs and cats will always be popular choices, there are those who have strayed beyond the bounds of normality to welcome some incredibly weird pets into their homes. Read on to meet their crazy creatures and determine whether owning one would be a good idea or not!
They look like monkeys but kinkajous are more related to raccoons and red pandas. These nocturnal animals live in the rain forests of Central and South America, but Stella the kinkajou lives in Florida with her owners Justin and Samantha Powell. When she’s awake, expect her to be energetic, noisy, and constantly raiding the fruit bowl.
Did you know that people have been breeding skunks in captivity for more than 70 years? At an early age, they are de-scented so they can’t spray their powerful musk. Skunks require a lot of attention, so playing with them makes a great bonding activity. Also, remember that they can’t find their own way home if they get lost outside. Finally, it’s recommended to nourish them with a fresh diet that consists of lean protein, vegetables, and fruits.
A team of scientists in Russia has been studying domesticate foxes by breeding the friendly ones together. This has led to the creation of an army of adorable pet foxes who yearn for human companionship. FYI, they’ll cost you around $9,000. Should you consider adopting one, note that pet foxes need an outdoor enclosure where they can excavate to their heart’s content.
A couple in South Africa decided to take in Odi, a male hyena. According to them, he’s highly combative toward strangers but is comfortable and gentle with them. In Florida, a man bought a hyena and raised him in his house for quite some time until the creature’s aggressive behavior became too much and he had to hand it over to a wildlife sanctuary. The hyena named Jake was taken from his mother at an early age and never grew up with any of his hyena family, so he wasn’t equipped for handling the wild.
There are plenty of pet mice and rats in the world, but few are as impressive as Shane Willmott’s surfing rodents. When they were small, he trained them by pulling them around on toy skateboards – an activity these little critters got endless enjoyment out of. “Mice are built to surf and skate because their center of gravity is so low. When they do fall off, they want to get straight back on board,” Willmott said in an interview.
Meet Stephan – a huge cuddly bear who lives with this couple in Russia. They treat him like their own child, kissing and hugging him despite his massive size and the fact that he’s a dangerous predator. Interestingly, he even sits and eats with them at the table. According to his owners, they’ve been training Stephan since he was a 3-month-old cub. Their biggest secret? Feeding him earns his trust. Though this sounds sweet, the bear spends most of his time in a cage.
Despite the fact that Polar bears are the biggest land predators on Earth, this guy looks happy having one as a pet. In fact, she licks his face and plays with him in a large fenced-in area with a pool as her haven. Her owner says it took years of companionship for him to really develop an understanding of her behavior. After all, she is still a wild animal.