What's the strangest animal you've seen someone have as a pet?
Powerful animal welfare organizations tell us that exotic pet ownership is on the rise. Do you know of anyone with a pet tiger or any other unusual pet? What's the strangest animal you've seen someone have as a pet? A wolfdog? A sugar glider? Ducks?
The only thing I can think of is a guy I knew in college who had a ferret. They're not so "exotic" now -- you can get them in just about any pet shop - but 20 years ago they were rather odd. He used to walk around campus with the ferret in his inside jacket pocket, so its head would be sticking out, or with it riding on his shoulders. He got a ton of chicks with that thing.
When I was a kid, my best friends had a pet skunk. It was really cute, but even though it had been descented, it was still pretty smelly. It liked to get into things -- bags, laundry baskets, etc. -- but it couldn't climb stairs or get up onto the furniture, so we learned to put things up out of reach.
Victoria Anne, I replied to you and erased it for a spelling error, and now it won't let me re-post. Glitches I suppose. Pet skunks are certainly unique pets, and indeed they do still smell without their projectile urine.
Elly May Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies (well, didn't know her but knew of her!) I remember having all kinds of strange pets but the one I think was the oddest is the opossum. We have one or two wild ones down our alley way and I guess because it's a marsupial they look really out of place in North America!
We have plenty of opossums here, and I can't imagine wanting one as a pet. When I was a kid, we had them living under our house, and they're just plain weird. They'd lie in the driveway,and wouldn't leave till my dad shut off the headlights.
It's extremely difficult for me to answer this question seeing as how "strange animal" is a little derogatory in my opinion, and also for the fact that I see "strange animals" (that is, animals that are unconventional) every day at the clinic I work at. When you work with wallabees, alligator snapping turtles, raccoons and prairie dogs you kind of get jaded to what other people might consider "strange."
However...some of the more unique animals I have seen as pets have been coatimundis, kinkajous, and binturongs. Personally I think monkeys make the absolute weirdest pets, but I have not run into one of those yet.
By strange, I meant uncommon, as those animals you listed certainly are (this is a good thing). Primates might be illegal where you live. I'd love to have a kink or a wallaby. Monkeys are a little harder to defend as pets.