I was listening to a radio programme about a couple of men who bought a lion cub from Harrods in the 1960s and kept it as a pet for several years. What is the strangest pet you have ever had or heard about?
I worked for WIRES many years ago, so although those animals weren't pets, I did live with possums, flying foxes, antchinuses, wombats, various birds from cockatoos to tawny frogmouths and penguins. It was AMAZING!!! But the best bit was seeing them released into the wild again, once they'd been either raised or rehabilitated. Although I shed many tears as I waved the young flying foxes goodbye I can assure you.
As for actual pets, we've had stick insects and frogs, and we have both currently. They're very cool pets!
So far, I have only owned the traditional kind of pets - cats and goldfish. My husband had a rabbit and budgerigars when he was a child. However, I think we may be branching out into slightly more exotic pets soon as our son loves insects and bugs.... so we're toying with the idea of getting him a stick insect for his fourth birthday. I think this could be the start of a slippery slope.... :)
I'm not so sure.... having done a little bit of reading about them, it sounds like more work than with the cat! We'd have to clean out poo and whatever is lining their space, get fresh leaves and change water.... admittedly I change the cat's water every day but he goes outside to do his poos and I can have his food delivered directly to my door....
Mind you, I doubt very much that a stick insect would walk over my laptop in a fit of jealousy when I was trying to type :)
The strangest pet I owned was a chicken. I nursed it since it was about 2 weeks old, its mother are siblings were all killed and eaten by wild dogs. It was a fun pet to have up until the point when it also fell prey to wild dogs. I watched it transform over time from cute fuzzy to an active bird. Such is life :(