10 Stunning Celebrity Pets
1. Steven Tyler’s raccoon
Steven Tyler has always followed his own pace and he’s been a little eccentric. This includes the pets he had in his youth. On David Letterman’s Monday night show, Steven Tyler recounts that he once had a raccoon as a pet while living in Yonkers.
A pet raccoon is not something normal and we wondered how someone could actually domesticate a raccoon as a pet. In calling the pet shops in Los Angeles, we discovered that raccoons are not sold in pet stores, but that there are independent breeders who breed certain types of raccoons for pets. It is not illegal and can certainly be a perfect pet if bred properly. In fact, in Los Angeles, California, there are more than three dozen celebrities known to have a raccoon as a pet.
2. Vanilla Ice’s wallaroo
Remember Vanilla Ice? Oh, yes! Remember when his Wallaroo escaped? No, we don’t either. We haven’t heard much about Vanilla Ice’s musical career lately, but he caught the eye when his Wallaroo escaped in 2004. Wallaroo has been in concert for about twenty years, so we assume they are still together.
Wallaroo is a large stocky kangaroo with a wide chest. The muscular body is held more vertically and they also jump straighter than other kangaroos and wallabies.
3. Salvador Dali’s anteater
Salvador Dali had a penchant for anteaters. They made good food, especially in Europe, and Dali never saw food he didn’t like.
And yet, there may be something more in this photo taken in Paris in 1969. Perhaps there is a kind of symbolism, or even a playful tribute, that takes place in the photo above.
4. Michael Jackson’s Chimpanzee
Bubbles (born 1983) is a common chimpanzee, known as the former pet of American artist Michael Jackson, who purchased the primate from a Texas research center in the early 1980s. The animal was a frequent travel companion for the singer, whose attachment to the animal led to media mockery and, among other factors, to Jackson’s public perception as eccentric.
Bubbles was first kept in the Jackson family home in Encino, Los Angeles, but was transferred to Neverland Ranch in 1988. In 2004, Bubbles was transferred to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida, where he has lived since 2005.
5. Paris Hilton’s kinkajou
These animals are native to Central and South America, with territories ranging from Mexico to Bolivia. They are currently threatened by increasing deforestation and human encroachment on their territories. The last thing they need is to be sought after by impulsive celebrities who don’t know how to look after them properly.
Yet this is the fate that was reserved for the little darling of Paris Hilton, who bit her arm at a party in Hollywood in 2005 – a cry for help, perhaps?
6. Elvis Presley’s Wallaby
Elvis Presley, the collector of dogs, pigs, chickens, geese, goats, turkeys and others, sincerely tried to tame a wallaby as a pet when he received one as a gift from his Australian fans in 1957.
After several attempts to train him, he finally gave up and donated the poor animal to the Memphis Zoo. Apparently, he got his hands on another wallaby, because in 1962 he donated a second creature to the same zoo.
7. Kristen Stewart’s Wolf Dogs
Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart has an unusual pet – a dog-wolf hybrid, which she named Jack. “It’s my pet, it’s Jack. He’s our oldest male. I know he looks scary, he’s a wolf. He’s really nice, he falls at my feet,” Kristen said.
“pet sellers” informed us that it was a wolf. I don’t know what species of wolf it is. They are wolf dogs; they’re hybrids. It’s my mother’s business. Maybe it was a bit of empty nest syndrome, she wanted more children – because they are really hard to raise. She likes them. Wolf hybrids are legal,” she added.
8. Tippi Hedren’s Lion
While Melanie Griffith was still at high school in the 1970s, she including her family had a pet lion. Griffith’s mother, Tippi Hendren, and stepfather, Noel Marshall, determined to make a film about large cats after a voyage to Africa, and an animal trainer encouraged them to welcome a lion into their home to learn more about their true nature.
The result was a male lion named Neil who resided in Griffith’s family. Their life with Neil was well documented by Life magazine, which revealed the daily life of the family.
9. Mike Tyson’s Tigers
If you don’t think Tyson actually owned tigers, you only have to look at his cocaine cameo in The Wooden Gueule to prove his love for tigers. The purchase of three Bengal white tigers that Tyson owned for about a year was extravagant, to say the least, with each tiger costing $70,000 to own, and $200,000 more in food. That’s more than $1,500 a day in tiger food!
Tyson also hired an animal trainer at an expense of $125,000 yearly to look after them whenever Tyson was out of Las Vegas. He ended up selling them for less expensive pets like pigeons.
10. Nic Cage’s Cobras
He bought castles in England and Germany, an island in the Bahamas, a Tudor mansion in Los Angeles, and a cottage near Glastonbury, Somerset – one of the few he clung to. Between 2000 and 2007, Nic reportedly purchased four luxury yachts, including one worth $10 million, the Sarita, which had 12 main bedrooms.
But his most bizarre purchases may have been two rare albino King Cobras, called Moby and Sheba, and a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull.