Do You Own an Unusual Animal?

Do you have a pet? Many children have pets at home. Dogs and cats are some of the most popular pets. But many children also have other kinds of pets, like fish, birds, or turtles.

Pets can make life more enjoyable. They bring a smile to your face when you see them. Many pets enjoy playing in the yard and spending time with you, your family, and friends. Pets often become part of the family and go wherever you go.

Of course, some people have pets that are a little more unusual and fascinating than the typical dog or cat. These pets are sometimes called exotic pets. Not every animal can be tamed and kept as a pet, but that doesn’t stop some people from trying!

Here are some of the most interesting exotic pets you might come across:

  • Capybara: Imagine a giant guinea pig and you’ll have an idea of what a capybara looks like. It’s the largest rodent in the world, measuring up to four feet long and weighing over 100 pounds. If you want one as a pet, you’ll need to ensure it has plenty of space to roam and a swimming pool to swim in, as it is a semi-aquatic creature!
  • Miniature donkey: These donkeys don’t talk like the donkey in Shrek, but they are usually loving pets that are great with children. Even though they are called “miniature,” they are not always small! These little donkeys can grow up to three feet tall and weigh between 200 and 350 pounds.
  • Pygmy goat: Abraham Lincoln had a pet goat at the White House when he was President. Standard dairy goats are not commonly kept as pets anymore, but pygmy goats have become popular because of their small size and friendly nature.
  • Potbellied pig: Unlike the 2,000-pound pigs you find on farms, potbellied pigs are small and easy to train. They also tend to be mostly odorless. However, like their farm relatives, they can easily become overweight, so it’s best to provide them with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
  • Skunk: Yes, you read that right! Some people keep skunks as pets. How do they tolerate the smell? They don’t! Pet skunks have their scent glands removed when they are babies.

Give It a Try

Are you interested in learning more about exotic pets? Ask a friend or family member to help you explore the following activities:

  • Do you own a unique pet? If you do, we would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and share with us and our Wonder Friends from all over the world about your extraordinary pet. What is its name? What do you think is the best thing about your unusual pet? Does it require any special care that goes beyond what is normal for common pets?
  • Do you dream of having an unusual pet in the future? If you do, what kind of pet would you like? Let your imagination run wild! How amazing would it be to have a pet capybara or a giraffe? What advantages do you think having such a pet would bring? Are there any disadvantages you can think of? If you are serious about wanting an exotic pet, make sure to do thorough research and gather all the necessary information before discussing it with your parents. You should provide them with all the relevant facts to help them decide if the pet you want would be suitable for your family. Be honest about the pros and cons, and also consider the costs involved in buying and taking care of the pet. Some pets require extensive care and specialized food, which can be expensive. It’s important not to bring a pet into your family if you’re not confident that you can properly care for it!
  • Take a look at the “Pictures: Unusual pets in action” to explore an online photo gallery featuring some unique pets. Would you consider having any of these animals as a pet? Why or why not? Share the gallery with a friend or family member. What is the most bizarre pet you have ever come across?

Sources of Wonder

  • http://matadornetwork.com/life/photo-essay-15-unusual-pets-that-could-be-yours/
  • http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/other-pets/unique-pets/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504784_162-10011017.html
  • http://listverse.com/2011/03/18/10-historical-characters-and-their-unusual-pets/

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