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Jan 15 2016

10 World Famous Exotic Pets

Living with exotic pets can really boost your street credit, but it comes with some hidden costs. These are 10 of the craziest exotic pets people let live in their homes.

10. Hercules the Liger

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Hercules is the world’s largest cat. At over 100 times the size of a domestic cat, this large feline is not suitable as a pet. Requiring over 30 pounds of meat per day, this large, playful cat offers a hefty food bill and who would want to be the one to clean up that litter box? Like all cats, Hercules does like to play and while getting a scratch from your common housecat may be a little painful getting batted at by Hercules could be deadly. While beautiful, impressive, and fun to watch, this is an animal that is better left to professionals that have the time, space, knowledge, and money to properly house one of these animals.
THE FACTS:
Name: Hercules
Species: Liger (Panthera leo x Panthera tigris)
Age: 10+
Owner/trainer(s): Bhagavan “Doc” Antle
Pet/Show: Pet and show
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Myrtle Beach Safari, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

9. Medusa the Reticulated Python

Medusa - Longest Snake Guinness World Records 2011 Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records Location: Edge Of Hell Haunted House Full Moon Productions: 1300 West 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64101-1343

Medusa is known as the largest snake in the world. As long as an ambulance, this snake commonly eats a variety of rabbits, hogs, and deer every other week which keeps her happy at 350-pounds and counting. While she is larger than most reticulated pythons, these snakes are incredibly powerful and are not for a novice keeper. A standard rule of one person for every 6 feet of snake must be followed when handling these giants. That is not just for when you take them out but when you feed them, clean them, or do anything within the cage. This can get quite inconvenient when you have to find 4 friends every time you want to change their water dish. Reticulated pythons are also not necessarily known for their winning personalities either as many are quite happy to give a nip or two to let you know that they want to be left alone.
THE FACTS:
Name: Medusa
Species: Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
Age: 10+
Owner/trainer(s): Larry Edgar
Pet/Show: Show
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Full Moon Productions Inc., Kansas City, MO, USA

8. Baby Luv the Kinkajou

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Native to Northern South America, the Kinkajou is almost double the length of a cat but almost the same weight. They are often considered as quiet, easy-going, and scent free however, they do have their drawbacks. They have been known to be quite aggressive, skittish around loud noises, and can carry deadly parasites that they can pass on to their owners. Unfortunately, Baby Luv’s previous owner Paris Hilton learned that they are not as cute and cuddly as she originally thought when Baby Luv started to show signs of aggression, eventually leading to the kinkajou attacking her badly enough that she ended up in the emergency room. It is unclear what happened to Baby Luv as they were considered an illegal pet and sources are split on whether Ms. Hilton still owns her or not.
THE FACTS:
Name: Baby Luv
Species: Kinkajou (Potos flavus)
Age: Unknown
Owner/trainer(s): Paris Hilton
Pet/Show: Pet
Origin: Unknown
Location: Unknown, previously the United States

7. Java the Leopard

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Java is one of Siegfried and Roy’s large cats at their Secret Garden located in the Mirage in Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Born November 19, 2008, this feline has been provided with multiple large enclosures, careful care when it comes to grooming and veterinary care, and has been provided with a specially formulated food. These large cats are incredibly powerful and a game of cat and mouse can quickly turn deadly with an accidental nip or scratch due to their large size and strength.
THE FACTS:
Name: Java
Species: Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Age: 7
Owner/trainer(s): Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horne
Pet/Show: Both
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA

6. Agee the Polar Bear

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Agee is not only a pet but an animal actor. She has been seen in the TV series Psych, several other TV series and movies, and several commercials for Starbucks, Heineken, and Jeep Liberty. Living in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, this 700 pound bear is not one to be taken lightly. Even her owners say that she is to be respected and not to be underestimated. That being said, Mark frequently swims with Agee and plays with her as though she is still a cub. These animals are more than capable of killing a person, even if they do not mean to. There are reasons that there are no other known trained polar bears in the world, and reasons that people don’t keep them as pets.
THE FACTS:
Name: Agee
Species: Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Age: 20
Owner/trainer(s): Mark and Dawn Dumas
Pet/Show: Both
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

5. Neil the Lion

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When Melanie Griffith was a teenager in the early 1970s, her parents brought home a fully grown male lion they named Neil. Neil was the first large cat that entered their home and was not kept in an enclosure, rather, he was permitted free reign of their home. There is a series of pictures from 1971 that show some closer calls where “play” could have ended in tragedy. While Neil did not harm anyone in the family, some of the large cats to follow did serious damage to Melanie, her family, and those they worked with. One of these large cats attacked Melanie causing her to undergo major facial reconstructive surgery proving these cat’s power and unsuitability as pets.
THE FACTS:
Name: Neil
Species: Lion (Panthera leo)
Age: Unknown
Owner/trainer(s): Melanie Griffith
Pet/Show: Both
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Deceased

4. Jolie the Cheetah

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Just as her namesake, Angelina Jolie, this large kitty is tall, slender, and beautiful. She was purchased as a young kitten by Magda’s brother-in-law and then sold to her husband. She has free reign in their South African home and often has fun playing with their German Shepherd and chasing antelope, although as she is a pet, she does not have the skills to actually catch one. While she is often friendly, she does have a few issues that make her less suitable as a pet. Issues such as rearranging and chewing on the furniture, peeing in the house, and a limited amount of patience with how much attention she receives. Without proper room to run and appropriate mental stimulation, Cheetahs are highly unsuited for anything other than life in the wild.
THE FACTS:
Name: Jolie
Species: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Age: 7
Owner/trainer(s): Magda and Japie Pienaar
Pet/Show: Pet
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Brakfontein, South Africa

3. Jack the Wolf Hybrid

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Wolf hybrids can combine the best of both worlds, the calm, friendly, and companionable nature of a domestic dog with the intelligence, beauty, and mystery of the wolf. However, they are more likely to be skittish, hard to train, and unpredictable at best, even when raised from birth. Even Stewart admits that they are more “companions” rather than “pets” and while they are socialized, they are not as affectionate as domestic dogs and that they are “really hard to take care of.”
THE FACTS:
Name: Jack
Species: Wolf Hybrid (Canis lupus ssp. x Canis lupus familiaris)
Age: 6+
Owner/trainer(s): Kristen Stewart
Pet/Show: Pet
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Northern California, USA

2. Crystal the Capuchin

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Standing just over 1 1/2 feet tall, Crystal is anything but small in personality and fame. Featured in movies such as Night at the Museum, We Bought a Zoo, and The Hangover, she can capture the audience’s attention faster than her human stars. Don’t think that she works for peanuts though, for her show Animal Practice she brings home an amazing $12,000 an episode. That will buy lots of bananas!
THE FACTS:
Name: Crystal
Species: Capuchin Monkey (Cebus capucinus)
Age: 21
Owner/trainer(s): Tom Gunderson with Birds and Animals Unlimited
Pet/Show: Show
Origin: Captive Bred
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

1. Zebedee the Zebra

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Zebras are known for being notoriously stubborn, skittish, and hard to train. That didn’t stop retired jockey Bill Turner. He went looking for a zebra to ride and jump and was successful in teaching the zebra how to be ridden, although jumping eluded him.
THE FACTS:
Name: Zebedee
Species: Plains Zebra (Hippotigris quagga)
Age: 7+
Owner/trainer(s): Bill Turner
Pet/Show: Pet
Location: Dorset, England