For thousands of years, humans have had pets for emotional support and companionship. A majority of people around the world have pets like cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, or even rabbits. Over centuries, these pets have solidified their status as ‘normal’ pets in our homes and cultures.
However, not everyone is fond of having a kitten, puppy, or goldfish. Some people prefer to have unconventional pets that cross the line of ‘normal’ and fall somewhere in the ‘weird’ category. While some are thus characterized based on their size, others are not the animals meant to be kept as pets.
Let us take a closer look at the top seven weirdest pets on the planet.
The king of the jungle might be an incredibly intimidating and dangerous animal, but that does not stop some people from owning them as pets. Some rich people around the world and in the Middle East are fond of caging lions as a display of their wealth and a way to deviate from the norm.
While they fall in a similar category as Lions and Cheetahs, Tigers are wild animals that need to remain in their natural habitats for a balanced ecosystem. While various animal rights organizations strongly oppose this, some daring individuals all around the world and even the United States are fond of keeping tigers in cages on their properties.
An Instagram-famous fox is one of the weirdest choices for a pet, but Juniper the Fox is just that. The fox has millions of followers on Instagram and even its website. A family from North America owns the fox, which is a rescued exotic animal that cannot live in the wild. Instead, the fox lives happily with its human family and canine siblings.
Despite the bad reputation for being smelly creatures, skunks are preferred by some as their choice of domesticated pets. The skunks who are to be kept as pets have their glands removed, minimizing the smell. Most states in the US forbid keeping skunks as domestic pets.
While they might be able to survive nuclear bombs, Cockroaches are notorious for being associated with filthy and gross environments. Some insect-enthusiasts keep Madagascar Cockroaches as their pets, preferring them over the other pets because of their low maintenance requirement.
Whether you believe it or not, a few people have kept Grizzly and Polar Bears as pets, too. Bears are large, wild creatures that are incredibly difficult to tame and may have special needs that cannot be met by everyone. According to a Polar Bear owner, however, it is not that difficult, and the Bear shares a very close bond with him.
Kangaroos are native to Australia and are very defensive, wild animals, which is why it is not advisable to keep them as pets. A few people in Australia have domesticated Kangaroos and kept them as their pets without any (visible) problem. Caring for an animal like a Kangaroo can be very difficult since it is not a conventional pet, and you might want to think twice before setting your heart on getting one.