Long are the days when cuddling with your kitty and playing fetch with your Golden retriever was everything you wanted to do when you got home. Famous people have set a new trend. Check out these 5 celebrities with exotic tastes in pets. Most of them are cute, but some are dangerous and belong in the wild, not in a cage. Would you be open to have a donkey as a pet or do you think that’s just celebrity crazy stuff? It’s hard to say we’d never pull something like this, maybe you’d fancy a kangaroo or a lion in your backyard, just for a touch of danger. Bye bye alarm system.
1. Nicholas Cage and his octopus
That’s not an euphemism or an article about one of his upcoming roles. Nicholas Cage actually decided one day that he’d like to adorn his living room with an aquarium. More specifically, one that could hold an octopus. 150,000 dollars later, Nicholas Cage had his wish come true. The reasons behind his splurge? He claimed the sea creature could help him become a better actor, enabling him to study other life forms. I guess a zoo ticket would’ve been too cheap.
2. Justin Bieber and his capuchin monkey
Last year, gift ideas for Justin Bieber were kinda low on creativity. So his producer, Jamal “Mally Mall” got Bieber a capuchin monkey and named him OG Mally. Here’s the plot twist: when German custom officials discovered the exotic pet on Bieber’s private jet, OG Mally was placed in quarantine and Bieber could do nothing without the needed paperwork. The cute capuchin ended up residing at a German zoo with other fellows.
3. Mike Tyson and his pet tiger
While we’re not particularly big fans of Mike Tyson, we had to include him in our top for his ridiculous choice pets. Alongside acquiring million dollar tubs and over one hundred cars, Tyson at some point owned three tigers. Before 2003, when he went bankrupt following his divorce and an expensive lawsuit, he bought three white Bengal tigers, each setting him back by $70,000. With an additional $125,000 spent on a trainer to take care of them and $200,000 on food supplies, it’s safe to say Tyson was not very temperate with his savings. When Tyson was found out without a proper licence for any of the three tigers, they were sent in Colorado, in a refuge where they would be properly tended and looked after.
4. Salvador Dali and the anteater
The Spanish surrealist painter didn’t limit his eccentric views only to his paintings. He infused his life with weird things and earned himself the reputation of a brilliant mind and painter, but strange guy. And his choice of pets can support the last affirmation. Although Dali didn’t own the anteater, he seized the opportunity to take it for a walk and show it around Paris back in 1969. In addition to the anteater, Dali also owned an ocelot, which is a dwarf leopard.
5. Reese Witherspoon and her donkeys
Oscar winner and four times Golden Globe nominee Reese Whiterspoon has a love for pets, which can be easily seen from her extensive family of animals. She owns two donkeys (Honky and Tonky), two pigs, three goats, three dogs, twenty chickens and a pony. She claimed owning so many animals helps her children learn about compassion from a young age. At the same time, Witherspoon wasn’t afraid to let everyone know she makes her kids clean the stalls. Well, how else are they supposed to learn to be kind? Reese lives in Los Angeles with her family and her miniature farm that seems to be expanding at all times with all sorts of cute additions.