10 Most Unusual House Pets
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.
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.
ANTEATERS PUA AND STEWIE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.