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Huginn ok Muninn
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 12:08 AM
If you could have an out-of-the-ordinary pet, what sort would you get? I'd love to get a Caracal one day, if I had the space, time, and money.

http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/legacy/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/550_caracal.jpg

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They always say they make terrible pets, but look at these overgrown pussycats:

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SpearBrave
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 01:35 AM
There are several I would like to have. A Bobcat, a Fox, or a Bear. I see Bobcats and Foxes around here all the time. There was a slim chance I could have gotten a whole litter of Bobcat kittens. Their mother got killed by a car, the state wildlife officers beat me to them. She was using an abandoned one room school house as a den. I knew there was a den in that old building cause I kept seeing her around the place all the time. I left them alone, but since she got killed I would have taken them in.

Here is a pet North American Bobcat.

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a pet fox

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a pet Bear

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Wulfram
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 01:45 AM
Pangolin, Shoebill bird, Platypus

Englisc
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 09:05 AM
In some Amazonian tribes monkeys are taken as pets. They assist their human owners, eg, breaking open nuts.

http://assets.survivalinternational.org/pictures/656/arara-monkey-man_screen.jpg

I actually wonder why taking other primates as pets hasn't caught on more. Are they difficult to take care of? I could imagine them getting disruptive in a household especially when they grow bigger.

Huginn ok Muninn
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 09:40 AM
In some Amazonian tribes monkeys are taken as pets. They assist their human owners, eg, breaking open nuts.

http://assets.survivalinternational.org/pictures/656/arara-monkey-man_screen.jpg

I actually wonder why taking other primates as pets hasn't caught on more. Are they difficult to take care of? I could imagine them getting disruptive in a household especially when they grow bigger.

When I was ten years old, I had a neighbor with a monkey. They are extremely obnoxious and troublesome. Just imagine having a miniature niglet in your house, only with much more dexterity and energy. Then there is the woman who got her face torn off by the chimpanzee... again, one could draw a behavior comparison to young negro thugs.

Catterick
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 06:27 PM
Monkeys are loud and troublesome given free reign in someone's home: they cannot be caged. Callitrichids are most popular but they come down regularly witb a mysterious wasting disease unless fed gum (xanthan gum in zoos) with added roughage such as crushed sunflower seeds to simulate the wood they accidently ingest in the wild.

Some people end up keep them in a tropical house so they can free roam, however they raid bird nests unless it is something like motmots which make their nests impenetrable. There is also the danger of the monkeys drowning if there is a pond, otherwise they get on fine with just about any other animal too big to kill. Exception: tamarins are more aggressive than the marmosets and callimico. Little pygmy marmosets do not seem to be nest raiders but are most difficult to feed.

I used to know people who owned callitrichids and (illegally) squirrel monkeys. They make great companions but are not "pets". And caracals are tamable.

Catterick
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 06:38 PM
Which kinds of exotic pet - fantasy zoo tier or the kind you can buy at large pet stores? A lot of which are now domesticated like corn snakes. Americans even think Mongolian gerbils and chinchillas are exotic pets. But if I had to choose realistically then surely a fennec, a short clawed otter or a palm civet - I think. Always was partial to river rays as well.

GKGhost
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 11:43 AM
When I was ten years old, I had a neighbor with a monkey. They are extremely obnoxious and troublesome. Just imagine having a miniature niglet in your house, only with much more dexterity and energy. Then there is the woman who got her face torn off by the chimpanzee... again, one could draw a behavior comparison to young negro thugs.

Most clowns that have monkeys are the sort that really shouldn't own a fruit fly as a pet yet alone something complexly intelligent. They're the same sort of "geniuses" that think wolf-dog hybrids and large wild cat breeds make wonderful pets.

I have a friend with a Capuchin monkey. The animal is alarmingly intelligent and definitely beyond the skills of an average pet owner. Good thing as a wildlife & animal rescue shelter manager, one that handles even big cats, he isn't an average pet owner. But this little fact is even more so nowadays when a growing number of pet owners I find can't even handle a dog.

Hmm... chimps are apes a related but completely different species to monkeys by the way.

GKGhost
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 11:49 AM
I already own one. A Northern Goshawk under a falconer's license. My uncle is a falconer, I trained with him, and Balthazar was raised as a chick.

Aside from that, I worked at a wildlife and animal rescue center. We got plenty of exotic "pets". Jesus, an African male lion, was no pet but that didn't mean he didn't want to be petted by his handlers.

Catterick
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 12:03 AM
I am used to handling birds of prey. And chimps are monkeys. Hominoidea nests within Simia.

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Ingvaeonic
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, 06:00 AM
What Sort of Exotic Pet Would You Adopt?

A leopard.

Huginn ok Muninn
Friday, December 16th, 2016, 09:19 AM
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Leliana
Friday, December 16th, 2016, 07:27 PM
If I had a 100.000.000 liter sea water lake in my garden :D :D :D I'd adopt a large sea bass.

https://media.holidaycheck.com/data/urlaubsbilder/images/14/1155856973.jpg

http://www.fischlexikon.eu/images/fischlexikon/galerie/brauner-zackenbarsch-03.jpg

They look so grumpy all day long.

http://www.zoo-leipzig.de/typo3temp/_processed_/csm_Gelbflossen-Zackenbarsch_Aquarium_Gruendergarten_11_ 1415b1f0f9.jpg

Like totally pissed of the world. Like me.

Elizabeth
Friday, December 16th, 2016, 08:39 PM
A doe or a giraffe or maybe a cow.

Huginn ok Muninn
Saturday, December 17th, 2016, 01:09 AM
If I had a 100.000.000 liter sea water lake in my garden :D :D :D I'd adopt a large sea bass.

https://media.holidaycheck.com/data/urlaubsbilder/images/14/1155856973.jpg

http://www.fischlexikon.eu/images/fischlexikon/galerie/brauner-zackenbarsch-03.jpg

They look so grumpy all day long.

http://www.zoo-leipzig.de/typo3temp/_processed_/csm_Gelbflossen-Zackenbarsch_Aquarium_Gruendergarten_11_ 1415b1f0f9.jpg

Like totally pissed of the world. Like me.

When you decide to take your revenge, you could build a lair with a big window to watch him, like Dr. No.

http://www.007james.com/i/locations/crab_key/crab_key_island_aquarium.jpg

SaxonCeorl
Saturday, December 17th, 2016, 03:52 AM
I love ravens; it would be great to spend time with some, but they wouldn't be a good fit as a pet.

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Leliana
Saturday, December 17th, 2016, 10:34 AM
I love ravens; it would be great to spend time with some, but they wouldn't be a good fit as a pet.

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Huginn ok Muninn approves this post! :rofl :P

Primus
Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 08:23 AM
I would adopt a human child over an animal.

Catterick
Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 09:11 AM
I love ravens; it would be great to spend time with some, but they wouldn't be a good fit as a pet.

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On the contrary ravens are very good pets; just give them rom to fly and spend time with them, they will even talk.

Catterick
Sunday, December 18th, 2016, 10:15 AM
I would adopt a human child over an animal.

There are plenty in Africa. ;)

Angela
Thursday, January 19th, 2017, 08:08 PM
I would love to adopt one of the gorgeous big cats, a lion, a tiger or a leopard. Probably the most beautiful wild animals on earth.

Fire Sprite
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 08:41 AM
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Because they are rather intelligent, beautiful and curious little piles of feathers and fluff.
That, or a real live dragon, that I could ride on, and have it eat people I hated.

Gareth Lee Hunter
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:06 PM
I would love to adopt one of the gorgeous big cats, a lion, a tiger or a leopard. Probably the most beautiful wild animals on earth.

So would I, Angela. But in reality it's a very bad idea for everyone except experienced sanctuary owners, and natural setting zoos to be in physical possession of exotic "big cats".

We have an exotic feline sanctuary located in our area. The dedicated proprietor of this secure, and humane facility can reveal why the average citizen should never do more than fantasize about actually taking physical possession of predatory wildlife, even where it is legal to do so, as it is immensely dangerous for everyone, including the exotic felines that nearly always end-up being killed, or abused and neglected till they suffer to death.

The true stories this man can tell about such tragic events will definitely have all but the most cold-hearted in tears.

Just to emphasize how unpredictably dangerous exotic felines are, one of his employees was nearly killed recently by a tiger that was just in a playful mood. Their size and strength is just overwhelming to mere humans.

I'll stick with rescuing domestic felines that need caring homes. And I strongly advise that everyone else who loves cats do the same. ;)

Catterick
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:25 PM
Zoo tigers are gentle giants, though they have size and strength so do some dog breeds and all horses. I will agree they are a not a casual pet, but people are hysterical about big cats as pets. Most captive big cats are not dangerous if they are used to human contact, tigers and snow leopards having the gentlest nature.

Huginn ok Muninn
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 09:14 PM
So would I, Angela. But in reality it's a very bad idea for everyone except experienced sanctuary owners, and natural setting zoos to be in physical possession of exotic "big cats".

We have an exotic feline sanctuary located in our area. The dedicated proprietor of this secure, and humane facility can reveal why the average citizen should never do more than fantasize about actually taking physical possession of predatory wildlife, even where it is legal to do so, as it is immensely dangerous for everyone, including the exotic felines that nearly always end-up being killed, or abused and neglected till they suffer to death.

The true stories this man can tell about such tragic events will definitely have all but the most cold-hearted in tears.

Just to emphasize how unpredictably dangerous exotic felines are, one of his employees was nearly killed recently by a tiger that was just in a playful mood. Their size and strength is just overwhelming to mere humans.

I'll stick with rescuing domestic felines that need caring homes. And I strongly advise that everyone else who loves cats do the same. ;)

The sentiment about domestic cats who need a home is a valid one. They are a lot easier to care for and certainly cost less to feed than a larger cat, too. There are a lot of cat species that are not lions, tigers, or leopards, though. Lions and tigers can get up to 500 pounds, and you're right in saying they often do not know their own strength. They are also in the pantherinae subfamily, like leopards and jaguars, and are more instinct-driven and harder to read than cats in the felinae subfamily, like domestic cats, caracals, servals, bobcats, lynx, cougars, and cheetahs. At the very least, people who want an exotic cat should stick to these closer relatives to the domestic cat. They are easier to tame, have a better affinity for people, and even cheetahs and cougars are not physically larger than adult humans.

Even a small exotic will have specialized needs though. You can probably litter train a serval or a caracal, and a bobcat might even prefer to use the toilet. Feeding them can be expensive. These cats don't eat cat chow. You need to feed them chicken and supplements. You also need to be extra careful in how they are raised. Even a felis catus raised by a feral mother away from people will usually be a handful, so forget about a wild caracal or cougar. The domestic-like behavior you see in the caracals in the videos in my original post comes from being raised like a domestic cat. Their mothers grew up with people and so did they.

I wouldn't want to give any cat bigger than a Eurasian Lynx the run of my home, and the biggest of them top out at about 70 pounds (32kg.) Some people have cougars, but these people have to severely restrict their own lifestyles to keep them. It's easy to fall in love with a cougar though... they can be really sweet cats and love attention...

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Seems like it's mostly Russians who have Eurasian Lynxes...

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/04/article-0-13EB4329000005DC-639_634x487.jpg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168762/Forget-diamonds-LYNX-girls-best-friend-Russian-family-share-home-big-wildcat.html

Mrs vonTrep
Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 01:15 AM
A red panda, hands down. :heartbeat

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Catterick
Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 01:21 AM
This is what they are like in the home.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W4RE30l8zDY