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JOHNIE THE CROC
Watch out for those chompers! When crocodile Johnie, now 13, showed up on the doorstep of Vicki Lowing’s Australia home in 1996, she couldn’t resist. A beloved family pet, he hangs out with two other crocs, as well as pythons, lizards, turtles and horses.
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HOUSE OF LAMBS
She claims the smell isn’t “baad,” which is a relief – Australian farmer Kath Shelton has opened her house to as many as 19 lambs at a time! Though they spend most of their time outside, she always welcomes the critters in for TV and a cuddle.
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TOM THE TURKEY
Spared from slaughter before the Christmas holiday thanks to his love affair with a farmer’s oven, turkey Tom and his ladyfriend (er, turkey) Tara now live as pets in Coggeshall, England, and were even treated to a Christmas feast of their own – vegetarian, of course.
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SCORES OF SKUNKS
Who knew that skunks came in a variety of colors – not just black and white? Deborah Cipriani, that’s who. The animal lover, who won’t reveal just how many of the pets she has, feeds them a balanced diet and cleans their 50 litter boxes twice daily.
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Henry Lizardlover (he changed his last name in 1986) calls his lizards “chick magnets.” In fact, he brings pint-sized couches with him when he’s out so his little guys can strike their signature poses. “I was the guy that fell in love with the lizards, and I wanted other people to see that,” he says.
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CHARLIE THE COYOTE
Writer Shreve Stockton has spent the past two years documenting her life with Charlie, a coyote she and her boyfriend rescued, through her blog. Considered “tamed,” he coexists peacefully with her cat Eli, dog Chloe, cow Daisy and horse Ranger.
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Llama Socke, who lost a leg to amputation, is totally in charge at Nicole Doepper’s German home. But this alpha male is in need of some lady love, so last year, a local vet’s office launched a search to find Socke’s perfect mate. Let’s hope he found true llama love!
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MISS SNOOKS THE FOX
Miss Snooks, who wandered into Steve Edgington’s pet shop about seven years ago, is living the life: she listens to the local radio, sleeps on a duvet and even eats honey-roasted chicken. Though Edgington has tried to reintroduce his pal into the wild, she’s always returned home through his catflap.
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ROOSTER MR. CLUCKY
Cock-a-doodle-don’t? Mr. Clucky, an abandoned rooster discovered by Miami Beach resident Mark Buckley, stirred up controversy last spring when he faced eviction. But even through the debates over his future, he remained a local celebrity, spotted regularly riding atop Buckley’s red Schwinn bike handlebars.