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Here's a short list of five adorable animals you may never have considered having as a pet...before today, that is. Maybe you'll be like me and put a few of these on your "when I'm rich and famous pet goals" list.
Most of these are extremely high maintenance and I do not recommend trying to add them to your family, but I had to share! They are just too darn CUTE!
The kinkajou is an omnivorous mammal that is 17 to 22 inches long and weighs anywhere between three to seven lbs. Kinkajous are nocturnal. This cute little creature is related to the raccoon; however, they are sometimes referred to as honey bears because of their tendency to raid bees' nests. They capture insects along with the honey using their tongues as a kind of straw.
Wild kinkajous love to play in the trees of the tropical forests of Central and South America. They use their tail as a fifth arm and they can turn their feet backwards! This helps them navigate their jungle habitat.
So far, this little guy sounds like an unlikely pet. However, this video shows that it can be done! It's no easy task, but it looks like a lot of fun!
Adult sloths are about 2-2.5 feet long and weigh in at between 8-17 pounds. They are neighbors to the kinkajous and also enjoy spending lots of time in the tropical trees. They are herbivores, live about ten years, and are mammals.
Although, they are known for their slow motion and their love of sleep (nearly 20 hours per day), sloths can be vicious to predators. They will bite, hiss, shriek, and use their claws as knives to slash their enemies! Don't mess with a Sloth! But don't let that scare you. These guys are downright adorable!
However, they are one of the most high maintenance pets around. I don't recommend taking one on unless you have lots of time and cash!
This one is becoming popular, but I'm not so sure that's a good thing. When researching these little guys, I found a lot of controversy. Some say they make awesome pets and others say NO WAY! My advice is to do your own research and make sure you talk to an exotic veterinarian or two for good advice before getting any unique pet. That's good advice for any new pet, of course, but especially for creatures that are not common pets.
Here's their specs:
They are nocturnal and omnivorous and come from places like Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. They are about 9 to 12 inches long and weigh four to five ounces! If cared for properly, they can live up to 14 years. And lastly, they are said to be smart for their size and able to do simple tricks!
He's not furry, but just look at that smile! His personality is amazing too, and I bet you can't watch this video without releasing a few "ahhs."
Females are seven to eight inches long and males are eight to 11 inches long. They love to eat mainly insects and are found in Asia, Afghanistan, and parts of Northern India. They come in a variety of colors, although in the wild, their color tends to be more subdued.
As with all the animals I listed today, please be responsible when deciding to take care of this adorable little reptile.
These are my favorite out of the five and one I've had my eye on for several years. These cuties are around 14 - 20 inches tall. However, their name is deceiving, since they will likely weigh anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds!!! They can live 12 to 20 years long. They can swim, paint, solve puzzles, and are more easily trained than most dogs. Owners have been known to teach their pigs to twirl, kiss, and even play a baby piano!
Remember—I can't stress enough—check the facts and know what you're getting yourself and your family into when getting any pet! Let your home be their forever home by ensuring you have what it takes to keep them as happy as they keep you!
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Have an adorable day!