We love celebrities for the joy they give us in song and performance. However, have you ever wondered what brings celebrities joy?
For many celebrities, the answer is their pets. Of course, stars can’t settle for just any dog or cat, which is why these celebrities have some of the weirdest and wildest pets in the world! Here are the eight weirdest celebrity pets we’ve ever seen.
Justin Bieber’s Monkey
We’re not quite sure why Just Bieber had a Capuchin monkey for a pet. It’s entirely possible that he thought this would be a good way to channel his inner Michael Jackson. The latter pop star, after all, famously had a chimpanzee companion named Bubbles.
But Bieber’s animal adventure had a pretty bizarre ending. In 2014, German authorities seized the animal and discovered that the singer did not have the correct paperwork. Bieber effectively abandoned his monkey, and authorities later discovered it was purchased illegally and neglected to the point that it needed constant special care.
Nicole Kidman’s Alpacas
When we think of celebrities and their pets, it’s natural to be curious about their relationship. Do these stars love their pets the same as we do? Or are they far too busy to appreciate a pet waiting for them when they get home?
With Nicole Kidman, the truth is that she loves her pets very much. She has a couple of alpacas at her Australian farm house. The South American species is often confused with llamas, but is actually like a smaller version of them. Kidman has claimed that her alpacas are her absolute “favorite part” of the house!
If Justin Bieber is an example of how to not take care of exotic animals, Slash is quite the opposite. In fact, this Guns N’ Roses rocker is a model pet parent to a collection of pythons! Just ask Betty White (pictured with Slash above).
Many fans don’t know that Slash has been a hardcore reptile fan for a long time. Slash even uses his wealth to create custom cages for his snakes. An interviewer who visited Slash’s home noted that he was surprised at the quality of the cages and the quality of life for the reptiles. He went on to write, “All reptiles should live so well!”
Tom Felton’s Chinchilla
Tom Felton became famous for playing one of the most iconic onscreen villains of all time. In the Harry Potter series, he plays Draco Malfoy, the nefarious foil to magical do-gooder Harry Potter. Over the years, many fans have wondered where he found the inspiration to play such a despicable character.
It certainly wasn’t his childhood. When it came to pets, Felton didn’t have the kinds of snakes that both Slytherin and Slash would approve of. Instead, he had an absolutely adorable chinchilla when he was nine years old. Chinchillas are a South American species that looks like a mouse with giant ears and a bushy squirrel-like tail. Maybe this explains why Felton is such a sweetheart when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Martha Stewart’s Peacocks
Most of the celebrities on this list are characterized by only one or two special animals. However, that’s not enough for Martha Stewart. She is set on collecting more animals than Noah’s Ark!
For example, Stewart has a farm with many different animals. She has a special fondness for birds, which is why the farm has so many chickens and geese. The centerpiece of her bird collection, though, are two breathtaking peacocks.
Nicolas Cage’s Albino Cobras
To put it mildly, Nicolas Cage has some unusual tastes. Expensive tastes, too, which may be a reason that he ended up owing millions of dollars to the IRS. And among those unusual and expensive tastes were his two cobras.
At one point in time, Nicolas Cage had a pair of albino cobras. The animals were both exotic and beautiful, but the star eventually realized that he didn’t have enough time to properly take care of them. Unlike Justin Bieber, Cage did the right thing and gave them to a zoo (an easy decision after his neighbors threatened to sue over the deadly animals).
David Beckham’s Micro Pigs
What do you get for the man who has everything? If you’re Victoria Beckham and shopping for soccer legend David Beckham, the answer to that question is micro pigs. It’s easy to see the appeal: while we tend to think of pigs as giant animals, these two tiny pigs were only about 9 inches tall and a modest 13 pounds a piece when she gifted them to her husband. The Beckhams reportedly named the pair after their friends Elton John and his husband David Furnish.
Also known as “teacup pigs,” don’t let the name fool you. They can grow up to 65 pounds each and now have the run of Beckham’s Hertfordshire palatial estate. People talk about “living like pigs,” but these are two pigs that are living better than most of us!
Kirstie Alley’s Lemurs
Kirstie Alley has had a wild career. In her earlier days of acting, she was famous for the TV show Cheers as well as hit films like Look Who’s Talking. Later, she’d pop up in unexpected shows such as Scream Queens.
Along the way, she cultivated something unexpected: a serious love of lemurs. This exotic primate species originates from the island of Madagascar. At last count, Alley has a whopping 14 lemurs. And she’s pretty darn attached to them. At one point, she tried to pretend one of her lemurs was a cat so that she could sneak it onto a plane!
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