Dogs, cats or rabbits are extraordinary pets and the most popular in the world. Millions of people adopt one of these animals each year. However, there is another group of people who draw outside the lines and prefer more original and exotic pets. They appreciate that they are something more wild, different and even rare. Without a doubt, it will depend on each personality. Of course, before considering having one of these pets, it is best to make sure you what are your care and maintenance and, above all, in what environment will be a happier creature.
If you are part of this non-traditional group and you are considering the idea of having a pet but have not decided, continue reading this AnimalWised article about the 10 rarest pets in the world.You may also be interested in: The 10 most popular dog breeds in the world Index
- Miniature donkey
- Bearded dragon
- Sugar glider
- Fennec or desert fox
- Stick insect
- Mini pig
1. Miniature donkey
A giant stuffed animal. The miniature donkey is cute, cuddly, good with children (not an animal to ride) and very clever, despite what some may think. Although they are not as big as their other familiar donkeys, they still require a lot of outdoor space..
They can weigh up to 130 kilos, so it will be very difficult for you to want to carry and hug them like a dog or cat. If you decide to have a miniature donkey, keep in mind that they cannot stand loneliness, that is, you must be by their side at all times or adopt another donkey to keep you company.
2. Bearded dragon
There are people who are a fan of reptiles but who cannot have a crocodile at home, so they choose to adopt a bearded dragon. In fact, they are animals that are becoming more popular as pets because they are easy to care for and not so complex to maintain and expensive. Originally from Australia, they live between 6 and 8 years. These creatures, although difficult to caress, will not cover your entire house with hair.
3. Sugar glider
Also called "sugar glider " they look like hamsters of the new generations. Surely you never heard of them and it is because they are not rodents, in fact, these animals are from the marsupial family. They are associated with the word sugar because they have an extreme preference for sugary foods; they are adorable and smart.
However, and although they are part of the list of rarest pets in the world, from AnimalWised we do not recommend the adoption of sugar glider for many reasons:
- They are nocturnal animals (and probably at night you will not be able to attend to them), in addition they tend to make a lot of noise at this time of day.
- They are wild animals and have not undergone domestication like dogs or cats, so you will have by your side an animal that will suffer in captivity and that will not fully enjoy your company..
- They do not adapt to loneliness, they require a member of the same species.
- In captivity they are susceptible to depression and even self-mutilation.
- A large cage is needed even if its size is small.
- Your diet includes insects and foods that an inexperienced person might neglect.
- They use their glands to mark the territory, very unpleasant.
- You should clean their cage approximately every 2-3 days, they are very dirty animals.
- They are not social animals, they will probably bite and scratch anyone who comes near.
- Veterinarians who can treat you are rare if not practically non-existent in many countries.
For all the aforementioned, we consider that adopting a sugar glider is an irresponsible action. Furthermore, we are condemning a living being to 15 years of cruelty and lack of animal welfare. Although it may seem like an endearing "pet ", the truth is that it is not, we better visit it in its natural environment.
4. Fennec or desert fox
The fennec fox has undergone a shocking boom in recent years, causing the irresponsible adoption of this beautiful mammal. Having a fennec fox as a pet is, as in the case of sugar gliders, totally inadvisable.
They are social animals that live in large families, so the adoption of one of them alone could not be understood. Nor would it be understandable to try to recreate its natural habitat (desert and temperatures between 40 ºC and -40 ºC) or pretending to act similar to a dog or cat. In this way, again we find a animal that has not been domesticated by man and who has wild instincts.
The fennec fox, on the fringes of a deep burrow, is an animal very active and nocturnal, times when we will not be able to satisfy your company. Finally, if we decided to cage it, our fox would probably die.
5. Stick insect
¿What is rarer than having a stick insect as a pet? This is the perfect animal for eccentric people with very particular tastes. They will not be the most affectionate pets, but they will be the most interesting and even rewarding, because the life of insects has great value.
Although their care is really simple and it is good to teach children to take care of another creature, it is important to keep in mind that the bodies of these insects are very sensitive and can easily break if you handle them roughly.
Unlike the fennec fox, the capybara can be a good pet, however it is not appropriate since it is an endangered animal.
It is the largest living rodent, so it is the larger cousin of the guinea pig and hamster. They are cuddly when raised properly and very smart. One of the disadvantages of having it as a pet is that it needs a lot of space, a pool or pond to feel good and require a lot of maintenance.
7. Mini pig
Although these are farm animals, if you are going to love and take care of them, having a pig as a pet is simply adorable. And although they are known as "mini" this is a bit of a myth because they can grow to the size of a dog and weigh 30 kilos. In the same way they are and will continue to be extremely adorable. On the positive side, pigs are animals with very high levels of intelligence and they can be trained in the same way as dogs.
Another of the rarest pets in the world, Hedgehogs are love of the rude and as difficult as it may seem they can make a great choice as pets. If you get used to human contact and presence, they will be creatures that can give you a lot of affection. Just looking at that little face is dying of tenderness. In fact, when they are happy they are very soft to the touch, their quills are not dangerous at all and they are very easy to care for.
Of course, if you adopt a hedgehog, it is essential to become aware of all the care that this animal needs, since it still has many of its wild instincts. In recent years, the demand for these small beings as pets has grown considerably, distancing them from their natural habitats and places of origin. This fact, in addition to modifying their customs, has also led to the reduction of their population and, therefore, species such as the popular African pygmy hedgehog are in slight danger of extinction.
Among all the animals this is the last one that I would think of having as a pet, despite the fact that they look beautiful as babies. It is too exotic and unique a creature, we cannot forget its special gift of emission of foul odors when you feel threatened. Therefore, if you like the skunk it is best to keep it comfortable, happy and content, and visit it being free and wild. On the other hand, skunks are animals that are currently in danger of extinction due to the destruction of their natural habitat.
If you like the feeling of danger, this may be the pet for you. For some years now, tarantulas have become quite popular pets, despite the collective fear. If, on the other hand, you are a nervous, sensitive person and you like to caress your pet all the time, it is better to opt for another pet. Tarantulas they feed on live insects, they are calm and quiet. So, whether you already live with this species of spider or if you are considering doing so, do not miss our article on feeding the tarantula and ask yourself if it really is what you need and, above all, if you can offer all the care that required to live in the best conditions.