The classic line can we keep him? really comes into play in a big way. Kids, their little hearts bleeding for a stray dog, approach parents with trembling lips and sparkling eyes, determined to convince a parent that “we’ll look after him, honest.” So, of course, the stray dog is adopted, only for mom and dad to land up looking after the mutt.
It’s not ideal, but be glad the kids didn’t bring home one of the following unusual pets instead. Because if you thought a stray dog was a royal pain in the backside, you haven’t seen anything yet. Take a look at some of the most bizarre animals that some people are crazy enough to allow into their homes.
The Sugar Glider
This little poop monster has everything it needs to ambush your family like a cute ninja. It has great big eyes, a fluffy coat, and is sure to charm the pants off of any little kid that happens to lay eyes on it. But don’t be fooled. It’s all a sneaky facade, hiding the truth about the sugar glider, or sugar baby.
This little demon in marsupial form will chitter and squeak until the early hours of the morning, probably due to the fact that its entertaining itself to no end spreading its territory-marking juices all over your household. Plus, it can glide short distances. So just when you think you’ve seen it all, the little shriek machine will fly up into the ceiling and start a little family.
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The Fennec Fox
Most don’t realise that dogs are social and lovable due it being part of the genes. As natural pack animals, dogs love to hang out and play with other creatures, which is what makes them such lovable companions. Other animals, most of them, don’t have this predisposition. So when trying to keep a creature like the fennec fox, you’ll be hard pressed to make it want to be your friend.
Yes, it looks cuddly, but this tiny fluff ball of bad temper is not likely to be referred to as the best friend of anything. Attempts to play with it, or pet it, will likely be met with nothing but scorn, and perhaps even a bloodied finger for your efforts. Don’t let the fluffiness fool you; Mr Fox isn’t going to be fetching any newspapers.
Saving the best, or worst, for last, we have the kinkajou. You might be tempted to call this sub-species of rodent cute upon first seeing it, but don’t. Upon opening its mouth and revealing the needle teeth, you might also catch a glimpse of the tongue that shouldn’t exist but for the mouths of demons in Satan’s army. Really; it’s weird.
Plus, this atrocity hates light, is easily startled into violent reaction, and as an added bonus may just pass on a string of roundworm that could result in your death. Is this perhaps just the worst possible fluffy creature to invite into your household? It may be, short of slapping fur on an armed bomb and calling it a pet!