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Some People have the Strangest Pets

For most households in the UK, a dog or cat is the much-loved family pet. However, some people choose to share their lives and homes with much more unusual pets. Strange pets certainly make for interesting conversations and here are some that you might find taking up residence in a home near you:

  1. African Pygmy Hedgehog

You can’t deny that hedgehogs are cute, and you can even have one as a pet if you don’t mind a prickly companion.  It is becoming highly popular to own an African pygmy hedgehog in the UK as not only do they look adorable but are quite easy to care for too.

  1. Micro Pig

If a hedgehog doesn’t float your boat, then what about an adorable tiny pig? They are low cost to feed, will eat your leftovers and definitely have the cute factor. You’ll need plenty of outdoor space for one and register it with the Council Parish. Don’t be fooled though, as they don’t always stay so small! They can grow into rather large adults so be prepared. Many people love to immortalise their beloved pet, so why not consider a Bronze Animal Sculpture of yours? Bronze Animal Sculptures by Gill Parker are simply stunning.

  1. Capybara

Always wanted a guinea pig that was a bit bigger? Well, how the world’s largest rodent? A capybara is like an over-sized guinea pig but be aware that they can be costly to care for. They need lots of things, including a place to swim. You might want to wait for a lottery win before home with something this big and high-maintenance.

  1. Axolotl

What is it? A lizard, a fish? Who knows but they are super cute and look a bit like a Pokemon character, so your kids will love it.

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  1. Octopus

Never think your fish tank is dull again by placing an octopus in it. An odd choice you might think, but they are fascinating to watch and won’t need much affection! Be sure to understand exactly what’s involved in caring for an octopus, but your tank will certainly be the topic of conversation whenever guests come around.

  1. Sugar Glider

Sugar Gliders are the new hamsters for millennials everywhere. They are very cool, small enough to fit in your pocket and can launch themselves through the air much to the amusement of anyone in your home. They belong to the same family as kangaroos and koalas, but much friendlier. They will form close bonds with you and even other animals. They can nip though, so do your research before you buy one.

  1. Giant African Land Snail

It’s hard to see how you could fall in love with one of these but some people do. They are low maintenance, if a little dull. If you’re looking for a pet that isn’t sociable, isn’t affectionate or even that interesting, then a snail could be your best bet.

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  1. Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

So, you want something a bit grim to stop guests from coming over, but tarantulas are so last year and a snail just too dull? Well, this hissing cockroach could be just the thing. Believe it or not, they’re ideal for children as they don’t bite, run quickly or sting. They make an interesting hissing noise which insect-lovers might appreciate. They are pretty big too, so if you don’t mind sharing your home with a giant cockroach then good luck to you!

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