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16 Wild Animals That Are Becoming Domesticated Pets

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16 Wild Animals That Are Becoming Domesticated Pets

Cats and dogs can be expensive to take care of, they come with house restrictions, require a lot of commitment, and have a destructive personality. If that’s not enough, many people are allergic to them. These should not be reasons why you can’t bring a cute little, or big, critter home. Exotic and wild animals are children of nature; that means that special care is often required if they are domesticated, which is not always recommended. Their sale and possession is regulated by several federal, state and local laws that generally vary by community and by species.

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Wallabies

These are cute, tame and easy to handle kangaroo-like creatures. Wallabies are also very sociable. They don’t require much, except a spacious and secure area where they can run and play, even hide. They also love to be outside during the warmer months. They love to eat grass, green fruits and vegetables.

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Prairie dogs

A quick search on YouTube will result in lots of videos showing prairie dogs being domesticated and playing with other pets in the house. They are fun to have around because they are very intelligent, social, and committed. They tend to be territorial, which means they will do their best to protect you from strangers. Check with your state to be sure they are allowed to be kept as pets where you live.

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Foxes

An old Russian experiment showed how foxes were domesticated into people’s doglike companions. Only the top 5 percent of tame foxes are allowed to breed. The rest, who are perfectly friendly, are either sold to fur farms or distributed as pets. Each fox costs about $7,000. Even though they are domesticated, they are predators by nature. They need a lot of space and cannot be kept in a cage for long. They love to play anything and crave attention.

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Genets

Due to human population growth and expanding communities, some genets in the wild have adapted to cultivated areas and human settlements, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. More people get genets as pets because of their gorgeous patterns and unique behaviors mimicking both exotic cats and ferrets. If you get one, make sure it has a very large and secure space such as a big ferret cage. It’s best to not have other pets in the house and to devote lots of time for playing and cuddling.

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Fennec foxes

Fennec foxes are the smallest of all foxes. There have been many reports of a huge demand for fennec foxes as pets despite their unsuitability for life as companion animals. The exotic pet, is very friendly and active, and requires a lot of energy. Between playtime, feedings, socialization, clipping nails, and grooming, fennec foxes are not easy to care for. It’s very hard to litter train them, too. Keep them away from the bedroom at night because they can get quite loud.

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Minks

American minks have been kept in farms for almost a century for breeding; however, they can also be tamed if caught young, according to Animal Spot. They can dominate cats and drive rats away from the rat holes. The minks are a very clever animal but take a long time to train. You can see a video of a domesticated mink catching fish here.

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Sugar gliders

Sugar gliders are not rodents; they are small marsupials in the same general family as a Kangaroo or Koala Bear, according to Sugar Glider Info. They have been domestically bred as household pets in the U.S. for 15 years. They love fruits and vegetables and they have a gliding membrane that stretches from their wrist to their ankles, hence their name. Sugar gliders are odorless, clean, and don’t need bathing. 

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Capybaras

Domesticating capybaras is not legal in every state. They may not actually be a great choice for a pet because they live in groups; so if you adopt one, you should adopt several so they can be happy. Capybaras also grow to be quite big – twice the size of a jackrabbit, according to Capybara Facts. They are the biggest rodents. Also, they need a lot of space to thrive, so keeping them inside is not recommended.

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Mongoose

This wild animal is absolutely adorable. Before you domesticate one, make sure it’s legal and that you have a vet who is trained in treating mongoose. It is smaller than a domestic cat but larger than a squirrel. The freer it is, the friendlier it will behave. Confining a mongoose to a small area may result in it being not as sociable or playful.

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Serval cats

The Domesticated Serval cats have been domestically bred in captivity for multiple generations going back to the 1960’s. None of the cats you see in homes today were taken out of the wild. They make extraordinary companions to their pet owners. It does, however, take a special animal person to own one of these creatures. It may take a while to bond, but once you do, you’re best friends for life.

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Degus

Degus like to live at temperatures below 20°C. Anything warmer than this can make them distressed and they’re prone to heatstroke, according to Blue Cross for Pets. They’re quite resistant to even extreme cold but they don’t like wet or damp conditions. Tree branches such as pear, apple, ash, beech, and oak are great for furnishing their cage; degus love to gnaw on them. A solid exercise wheel is a must. Also, they need a sand bath and a digging box.

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Axolotls

Axolotls live their entire lives in water. Care requirements are minimal, provided temperature and water flow are well controlled, according to Reptiles Magazine. They are hardy, easy-to-care-for captives that breed readily in captivity. Their bold and tame nature makes it an interactive pet. They are often available from private breeders, via the Internet. If you get one, make sure its aquarium is at least 20 gallons due to the large amount of waste these little creatures produce.

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Skunks

These cute little animals won’t stink because their stink glands are removed when they are young. Skunks are very curious and need a lot of attention and affection. They love for you to rub, fondle and play with them. Skunks are naturally clean creatures and “corner trained” instinctively. It’s not legal in all states to own a skunk, and even if it is, you’re likely going to need a permit.

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Moose

Possibly one of the most famous examples of domesticating moose is the Kostroma Moose farm in Russia. At first, after World War Two, they were being trained for transportation; later they were fattened up on a steady diet to nourish the starving population, according to Atlas Obscura. They are raised for milk and to be sold to zoos and safari parks. Moose have been tamed in Alaska for many years.

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Mini pigs

Miniature pigs look so adorable that it’s hard not to adopt one on impulse, even though it’s a “pig.” The craze of owning one has taken over, as seen in many YouTube videos. Some of the most famous owners are David and Victoria Beckham. Know what you’re getting yourself into because they need a lot of care, and a great deal of space and grass. They are smart animals and easily bond with people.

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Tigers

It is estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers are kept as “pets” — more than exist in the wild, according to Born Free USA. A tiger can be purchased for as little as $300, or less than the cost of a purebred dog.

16 Wild Animals That Are Becoming Domesticated Pets