We’ve all owned or know someone who has owned dogs, cats, fish, hamsters and, in some cases, other animals that might be surprising to hear about. They’re a little less common, but just how unique and peculiar do these pets get? Here’s a look at some of the more unusual animals from around the world that happily cohabitate with their human counterparts.
Have you ever heard of a capybara? Native to South America, it holds the record for being the largest rodent in the world. It would be interesting to see peoples’ reactions while you’re out walking your capybara along with the family dog. Capybaras are in the same family as guinea pigs. Fully grown, they can reach four feet and can weigh more than 100 pounds. One capybara in Texas has gained Internet fame as his owner posts pictures of him, educating people on this awesome and unique rodent.
How About a Serval?
Servals can live up to 19 years, are the most successful hunters of all wildcats, and it’s actually legal to own one? Originally from Central and Southern Africa, this slender- to medium-sized cat stands about 21 to 24 inches. Fully grown, it weighs anywhere from 18 to 40 pounds. Servals tend to have small heads, large ears, and golden-yellow coats spotted and striped with black. They have short, black-tipped tails and the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size. They live well in areas with that provide cover like tall grasses and that are in close proximity to water, such as wetlands and savannahs.
This pet hails from Australia. Not as big as a kangaroo but not quite as small as a wallaby, this kangaroo- and wallaby-mix has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Wallaroos prefer grassy plains and woodlands. They have shorter limbs than other kangaroo species, which is thought to be for leaping around on rocks. Another interesting fact is that the wallaroo can potentially survive two or three months without drinking, merely gathering the water it needs from the food it eats. There are four sub-species of wallaroos. The Barrow Island subspecies is now classified as vulnerable.
Owning any one of these animals as pets may seem like fun, but it’s important to educate yourself not only on licensing requirements but also other facts like what it takes to care for it and maintain a good habitat and proper diet. Inform yourself on the animal’s unique needs when it comes to raising or breeding it.
Owning any pet is a big responsibility. Along with love and attention, each animal deserves to live in a healthy environment where it can enjoy life in the way it is meant to.
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