Being a celebrity comes with many benefits which includes having enough money to indulge in various types of strange hobbies. One such hobby is the acquisition of exotic animals. It would appear that many famous people have developed a penchant for weird pets. From miniature donkeys to an octopus that helps with acting, here are 10 celebrities with strange pets.
10. Elvis Presley: Kangaroo
Certainly one of the most iconic of all musicians in the 20th century, Elvis received a kangaroo as his pet in 1957. Unfortunately, after trying to train the animal, which proved to be quite difficult, Elvis gifted the kangaroo to the Memphis Zoo.
9. Salvador Dali: Ocelot
Famous for his quirky lifestyle, it comes as no surprise that this eccentric, surrealist artist would own an unusual pet. Known to follow him everywhere, Dali’s pet Columbian ocelot named Babou, was acquired in the early 60s. One famous incident occurred when Dali tethered the ocelot to a table leg in an up-market Manhattan restaurant. A fellow diner raised her disgust that a wild animal was inside the restaurant. To soothe the concern of the alarmed patron, Dali simply said it was nothing more than a domestic cat that he had painted over in an ‘op art’ design. Embarrassed, the lady agreed that it was a regular cat and returned to her meal.
8. Reese Witherspoon: Miniature Donkeys
While standard donkeys are common farm animals, the miniature ones are rather unusual. Reese has had a lifelong love of donkeys and recently she purchased ‘Honkey’ and ‘Tonkey’, two miniature versions of donkeys. However, when it comes to celebrities with strange pets, having a couple of miniature donkeys is perhaps the least unusual on the list.
7. Kim Kardashian: Chimp
Chimps and monkeys are actually popular exotic pets with celebrities and Kim Kardashian is no exception. However, unlike most other celebrities, Kim was criticized by many as acquiring the pet for publicity purposes which may or may not have been the case.
6. Kristen Stewart: Wolf-Dog
The ‘Twilight’ star actress owns a rare wolf-dog crossbreed named ‘Jack’. Such hybrids are relatively rare and only legal in certain states. Still, the wolf-dog is fitting considering the role werewolves play in her most famous series of films – she’s clearly team Jacob!
5. Leonardo DiCaprio: Tortoise
Although small turtles are common pets, Leo purchased a large, 38 pound tortoise in 2010 and it is expected to grow up to 90kg (200 pounds) over its 80 year lifetime. As far as celebrities with strange pets go, Leo’s certainly qualifies.
4. Michael Jackson: Tiger
The late King of Pop was fond of all types of animals including his beloved chimpanzee Bubbles, but the most exotic was a large Bengal tiger appropriately named ‘Thriller’. The 170kg (375 pound) animal outlived the pop star, but passed away recently at the ranch of Tippi Hendren who was also known for keeping exotic pets.
3. Mike Tyson: Pigeons
For a time, Tyson was one of the most fearsome boxers who ever stepped into the ring, but did you know his favorite pets are pigeons? In fact, Tyson got into his first fight after a neighborhood bully ripped the head off one of his pigeons.
2. Miley Cyrus: Pig
Pigs are common farm animals, but for celebrities like Miley Cyrus they are considered exotic pets. In the case of ‘Nora’, this was a rescued pig that she received on her 20th birthday and treasures her greatly. Cyrus can be seen holding her pet pig on the front cover of Paper Magazine’s 2015 summer edition.
1. Nicolas Cage: Octopus
While Nick is known for many things, his wild spending sprees, his oddball acting style, the Wickerman. Did you know he once purchased an octopus for a whopping $150,000? Nick says that having pets like the octopus near him helps with his acting.
So there’s our top 10 list of celebrities with strange pets. What do you think, did this listicle miss anything? Have you heard of any other famous people with bizarre pets? If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.