Celebrities, like the rest of society, can make some interesting life decisions, including the choice of pets. From reptiles to mammals and known wild animals to ones we have never heard of, here are ten strange pets with famous owners.
Mike Tyson – Tigers
Mike Tyson owning tigers isn’t just a hilariously memorable scene from The Hangover. When the heavyweight boxing champ was looking for a feline pet, a common house cat would not do. Instead, he purchased and cared for tigers at about $70,000 per cat. Three of his royal bengal tigers were seen in the movie The Hangover alongside their owner. Mike spends over $200,000 per year on food for his tigers. Tigers are not the only unusual animal dear to Mike Tyson, as he has always had a love for pigeons.
Kristen Stewart – Wolf-hybrid
Actress Kristen Stewart is most famous for her role in the Twilight movies. Along with her mother Jules, Kristen owns four wolf-hybrids. At home in the mountains of California, these wolf-hybrids were rescued by Jules from Florida. Wolf-hybrids are legal with permits in California, but they are not legal in all states. While Kristen was raised with wolf-hybrids and continues to own then, she does not recommend them to the general public. Wolf-hybrids can be erratic and have an unpredictable temperament.
Paris Hilton – Kinkajou
Heiress and reality star Paris Hilton owned a kinkajou for many years that she acquired in Las Vegas in 2005. A kinkajou is an animal that lives in the rain forests of Central and South America, is part of the same family as the raccoon, is nocturnal and only eats fruit. Due to being illegal to own in California, Paris was issued a warning by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Paris was bitten by the kinkajou several times, one that sent her to the emergency room, so unfortunately, she had to get rid of her kinkajou.
Vanilla Ice – Wallaroo
Rapper Vanilla Ice owns a pet most people have never heard of: a wallaroo. A wallaroo is the cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo. While illegal in many U.S. states, it is legal to own a wallaroo in Vanilla Ice’s home state of Florida. Vanilla Ice’s wallaroo named Bucky Buckaroo is quite the escape artist. He and a pet goat named Pancho were able to escape from Vanilla Ice’s yard. They were out for over a week before being recaptured and held at the local animal shelter until Vanilla Ice could return home to claim them. He received a fine of over $200 for failing to properly contain his pets.
George Clooney – Pig
George Clooney owned a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig for 18 years, originally purchased for his then-girlfriend Kelly Preston, who left the pig with George when they split up. Named Max, it has been reported that the pig slept in bed with George at night at some points and had quite the personality. When he grew up and reached nearly 300 pounds, Max had his own home just a short distance from the house near the driveway and had his very own dedicated spot in the garage. Sadly, Max passed away in 2006, but Clooney told People Magazine, “He was as old a pig as the vets had ever seen.”
Leonardo DiCaprio – Tortoise
While attending a reptile show in Southern California, actor Leonardo DiCaprio purchased a desert tortoise. One of the largest tortoise species, the desert tortoise can grow to as heavy as 200 pounds and can live close to 100 years. When purchased in 2010, the tortoise was seven years old and weighed 38 pounds. In 1998, DiCaprio created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, dedicated to the wellbeing of all creatures on earth.
Tori Spelling – Silkie Bantam Chicken
Actress and reality star Tori Spelling is an animal lover. She has always had multiple animals, one of the most exotic of which is her Silkie Bantam chicken named Coco. Tori loves to dress Coco up in vintage outfits, some of which match Tori’s outfits. Not only does Tori dress her chicken up, she also hand-makes some of Coco’s clothing. Coco has appeared with Tori on the red carpet and helps Tori run local errands.
Reese Witherspoon – Donkey
In 2010, actress Reese Witherspoon added two donkeys to her family. Honkey and Tonkey are miniature donkeys, also known as donks. Described as sweet and docile, Honkey and Tonkey join Reese’s many other pets, including goats, pigs, chickens and dogs. The whole family is involved in the care, feeding and cleaning up after the multitude of pets.
Salvador Dalí – Anteater
In 1969, Salvador Dalí was photographed coming out of a subway station, taking his pet anteater for a walk on the city streets of Paris. Known as a surrealist artist, Dalí was very original and creative. His affection for anteaters was due to his fellow artist Andre Breton being nicknamed The Anteater (la tamanoir). Dalí made another public appearance with an anteater on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970.
Audrey Hepburn – Fawn
British actress Audrey Hepburn filmed scenes with a fawn (baby deer) named Pippin for the movie Green Mansions in 1959. To bond with the animal, the pet trainer on the movie suggested that Audrey take Pippin home while filming. A very affectionate companion, Pippin could be found cuddling with Audrey while they slept. When not sleeping next to Audrey, Pippin was given a custom maid bath tub to sleep in. Frequently photographed together, Audrey and Pippin were enamored with each other.