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5 Unusual Pets to Consider

July 18, 2011

Being a fan of animals and an owner of two dogs, I get great enjoyment from having animals around me. For example there is nothing more mood-uplifting than to come home from a long day at work to find my dogs so happy to see me they do circles around me. One would think that we parted a lifetime ago and have finally reunited.

Dogs and cats are the most common pets people choose, but there are many other options that would be just as interesting and rewarding to have.

Here is a list of pets that are legal* but a bit more unusual

(* May not be legal in Australia but is legal in countries such as theUSA)

5. Miniature pig

Said to be intelligent, easily toilet trained and contrary to the long-held belief are clean animals. Apparently they are also easily trainable as well.

4. Flemish Giant rabbit

The biggest type of rabbit there is – The Goliath of the rabbit world. Averaging about 6-7 kilos, but known to be 10kgs + these big boys will turn heads. When it comes to rabbits the larger the animal the more docile they are. It can easily be handled and is less frightened when being picked up unlike its small counterparts. Can be trained to do tricks.

Heres a video

3. Savannah cat

These beautiful cats are a cross between a serval (wild African cat) and a domestic cat. Beautiful leopard like appearance and with a height unmatched by other domestic cats this graceful creature is compared to dogs in their loyalty and social manner. Only available in some states of US

2. Tame Fox

The result of a 50 year experiment in breeding tame foxes and available only from Siberia. The qualities are said to be a cross between those of a dog and a cat. Australia considers foxes a pest so you will have to be living in the US.!photos

1. African Grey Parrot

Experts claim its one of the most intelligent birds. Here’s an interesting sentence from Wikipedia “Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research with captive African greys, most notably with a bird named Alex, has scientifically demonstrated that they possess the ability to associate simple human words with meanings, and to intelligently apply the abstract concepts of shape, colour, number, zero-sense, etc. According to Pepperberg they perform many cognitive tasks at the level of dolphins, chimpanzees, and even a human toddler.”

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