Super Cool Exotic Pets

Today is National Pet Day, which proves that there’s a national day for everything these days.

For instance, April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day.  No, we're not making that up.

For instance, April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day. No, we’re not making that up.

Anyway,  today is for the pets and we know how much you must love Fido and Mittens!  Of course, while cats and dogs are great companions, why not try something different?  Here are a few more unusual additions to the family that you can make today (depending on your state laws, of course).  Just please don’t name your pet “Spot,” it only sort of works for dogs, and is stereotypical and trite.

Data gets a pass, he's an android.

Data gets a pass, he’s an android.

Capybara

Capybarafamily pet

While it’s not unheard of for people to keep rodents as pets, what if we told you that you can have the world’s biggest rodent, weighing in at 150 pounds, living in your back yard?  Doesn’t sound appealing, does it?

"If one pizza rat = one slice of pizza, then a 150 pound pizza rodent = all of the pizza.  QED."

“If one pizza rat = one slice of pizza, then a 150 pound pizza rodent = all of the pizza. QED.”

Turns out, however, that the Capybara, which is originally from South America and not the lab of some mad scientist, actually makes a decent and affectionate pet, that also happens to love swimming.  Capybaras need a lot of room to roam, so a large back yard and somewhere to swim is a must.  Also, if you’re not home a lot, it’s best to get your Capybara a friend since they’re surprisingly social animals.

Pictured: Social animal.

Pictured: Social animal.

Hedgehogs 

hedgehog-closeup pets

So maybe a gigantic rodent and his mandatory buddy may be a little much in the maintenance department.  Lucky for you, if your state allows it, you can get a hedgehog instead!  The critters tend to run upwards of $300, but they make for nice and affectionate pets.  They are nocturnal and have poor eyesight, so expect activity to be limited to nighttime, and they have 5000 to 7000 quills, though they are not barbed like their cousins, porcupines.

The porcupine is basically that one cousin that listens to a lot of metal and plays with fire.

The porcupine is basically that one cousin that listens to a lot of metal and plays with fire.

Animals most likely to own the entire System of a Down catalog aside, the hedgehog is still considered a wild animal in several states, meaning that you should do your research before getting one.  If you do get a hedgehog though, please avoid naming it “Sonic.”

"Why are you making me run, and why do you keep throwing rings at me?"

“Why are you making me run, and why do you keep throwing rings at me?”

Fennec Fox

fennec fox pets

The Fennec Fox is a native of North Africa and its deserts, and weighs in at sometimes less than three pounds.  While closer genetically to dogs, the Fennec Fox is more catlike in its behavior.  It’s nocturnal, which means that it will be rather sleepy during the day, and it can be trained to use a litter box.

We get it, you're getting the hedgehog and the Fennec Fox and naming them "Sonic and Tails."  Sigh.

We get it, you’re getting the hedgehog and the Fennec Fox and naming them “Sonic and Tails.” Sigh.

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