Everyone looks for something different in a pet. Some people love to stay active and exercise with their pets, while others are looking for a couch potato to share their quiet life with. Whatever you're looking for, odds are there's some type of dog or cat that's perfect for you. But why stop the search there? It's true that unusual pets like parrots, hamsters and guinea pigs are very common now, but most people have never owned anything but a cat or a dog.
All of the families on this list have discovered that the perfect animal for their lives is a little unexpected. Maybe someday kangaroos and other weird creatures will be regular old house pets, but for now they're in a league of their own.
See if any of these 10 animals would suit your home!
Erika de Jager from Namibia didn't expect to adopt Gertie the aardvark, but after a trucker found her abandoned on the side of the road she couldn't bring herself to say no. She says that aardvarks don't make very good pets, but Gertie seems to get along pretty well with de Jager's dogs.
Farmers love llamas for their soft fur, but they're becoming more and more common as pets. While they have a bad reputation for spitting on people (it's a defense mechanism) llama owners say their pets are very loyal, curious and intelligent - a cross between a guard dog, a sheep and a giraffe. Just stay on their good side!
3. Grizzly Bear
Just to be clear, you should not try to keep a grizzly bear as a pet, even though the Kowalczik family seems very happy with theirs, who they call Jimbo. They run a wildlife rescue center, and have bonded with their bears since birth, which explains why Jimbo snacks on marshmallows instead of the Kowalcziks.
Another farm animal with a growing reputation as a family pet, Reese Witherspoon owns 2 of these gentle animals (named Honky and Tonky, of course). They fit right in with the star's menagerie of pigs, goats, dogs, chickens and a horse, but they would be happy in any home willing to put up with their stubbornness. Witherspoon says she makes her kids clean out their stalls - an important lesson in responsible pet ownership.
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