10 celebrities and their exotic pets
Long gone are the days when human being was content with the dog, cat or horse that he owned as pets. These days, the ever-growing trend is to own the rarest, enviable and the most exotic pets. Like Justin Bieber’s snake named Johnson Usher’s recently owned puppy which is an Adorable $12,000 Goldendoodle, and Miley Cyrus newly owned pint-sized pooch named Rosie, the celebrities has it all. Here are the list of 15 celebrities and their exotic pets.
#10 Mike Tyson’s Pigeons
Renowned as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, the retired American professional boxer and a former undisputed world heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson has a soft corner in his heart when it comes to pigeons, his pets. Known across the globe as Iron Mike, this strong-willed boxer turned to his pets for solace and sanity ever since the death of his 4-year-old daughter Exodus died in a tragic accident. His pigeons are the key to the turnaround, just as they calmed him growing up in crime-ridden Brownsville, New York. Mike who often indulges in pigeon racing, feels that these birds are very loyal and wishes to die with them fluttering around him.
#9 Reese Witherspoon’s Donkey
For the animal loving American actress, film & TV producer Reese Witherspoon, donkeys are for life, and she added two of the miniature donkeys named Honky and Tonky to her growing menagerie.
These miniature donkeys called donks are cute, docile, sweet and compassionate, and are actually joined 2 pigs, 3 goats, 20 chickens, 3 dogs and 1 horse which hang around with the pair on her expansive California property. Reese, mother of two has also instructed her kids to help her clean the stalls.
#8 George Clooney’s Pig
A pig is the animal that made Hollywood heartthrob of millions and one of the sexiest man alive, George Clooney laugh. Though, this talented actor noted for his social activism made no secret of his love for his dog, Einstein, but recently he opened up about his other famous pet, a pot-bellied 300 pound pig Max. Clooney who thinks pigs are smart kept Max for as long as 18 years until the animal died in 2006. The actor got the pig in 1988 as a gift for his then companion Kelly Preston, and he was so attached to his pet that he sometimes allowed Max to sleep in his own bed. Max also used to accompany Clooney to a few of his interviews.
#7 Miley Cyrus’s Pig “Nora"
American actress and singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus got a unique birthday present in the form of a rescued pig called ‘Nora’ from PETA for her 20th birthday in recognition of her sterling work to promote animal friendly causes. Nora, a resident at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary, a farm in Ocala, Fla., that provides refuge to abused or neglected animals, as per PETA, was the perfect birthday gift for a young woman like her who encourages others to help animals. Miley also recently proved her support for the animal when she tweeted to her 10 million Twitter followers asking them to show support to end the inhumane treatment meted out to pigs.
#6 Kristen Stewart’s Wolf dog “Jack"
The Twilight saga actress Kristen Stewart has a pet wolf-dog, Jack, who is the oldest male among the many wolf-dog hybrids, only legal in some states of America, which her mother has been raising for long.
The starlet says that the animals are real sweet and good-natured, and her pet Jack is so sweet that he uses to fall at her feet. However, Kristen doesn’t really advice others to own wolf dogs as they are hard to take care of due to their unpredictable temperament. She also stated that all of the rearing and caring of her pet is apparently done by her mother.
#5 Elvis Presley’s Kangaroo
A cultural icon, one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll commonly known by his single name Elvis preferred to adopt the Australian national animal Kangaroo as his pet. The exotic Australian mammal was presented to Presley wrapped in a crate at MGM Studios by Hollywood booking agent Lee Gordon in June 1957 with the sole purpose of playing a harmless prank on the music sensation. Elvis knew next to nothing about kangaroos and this lack of knowledge was amply reflected in his juvenile attempts to train the animal. Finally after repeated unsuccessful attempts Presley gave up and gifted the kangaroo to the Memphis zoo.
#4 Kim Kardashian’s Chimp
Famous for being famous; the realty TV star Kim Kardashian adopted a 3-year-old pet chimpanzee named Suzy while filming the TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians". The actress was roundly criticized for her awful choice of a pet animal since it came just after a week a chimp mauled and grievously injured a woman in the US. Also, many bloggers described the acquisition as a publicity stunt by the headline hungry Kardashian family. However, Kim was rattled by the criticism and apologized to the public in her blog and clarified that the chimpanzee acquisition was not aimed at hurting anyone’s sentiments.
# 3 Leonardo DiCaprio’s Tortoise
Noted for his portrayals of complex characters, Leonardo DiCaprio who’s one of the Hollywood’s leading performers and has been working almost non-stop since the age of 17, bought an exotic pet, a 38-pound tortoise for a mere $400 back in 2010 at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. The actor’s 10-year-old tortoise could grow to as big as 200 pounds, and the species of that kind have an expected lifespan of 80 years.
#2 Nicolas Cage’s Octopus
Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is not only renowned for his blue-eyes, intense on- and off-screen personality and his passion for method acting, but also for his free-spending nature on almost any odd thing that actually led to his financial mess. And part of that mess was his alleged $276,000 spending on two king cobras named Moby and Sheba, and an octopus. Interesting, it was also reported that Cage claims that he bought the octopus and other different exotic living beings because they help him with his acting.
Irrespective of the fact that Octopi are difficult pets to have, as they need a spacious home, and are anti-social, and some can be poisonous, Nicolas Cage splashed out $150,000 for this pet.
#1 Justin Bieber’s Snake ‘Johnson’
The singing sensation Justin Bieber who’s honored as the most successful child star since Michael Jackson attracted a lot of attention with his choice of pet, a baby boa constrictor ‘snake’ named Johnson. The pop star while picking up the award for the Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards last year, also brought along the snake. However, it’s been reported that Justin and Johnson were set to go their separate ways, as the snake was being auctioned for charity.