These celebrities pet owners are all but regular in their choice of pets. They probably think dogs are way too common for their status. From George Clooney’s pigs to Mike Tyson’s mayhem-causing pigeons, these unconventional pets are bound to make you admire the sacred bond between man and beast. Most probably they even do it on purpose as a publicity stunt so we can write about it. Here are the 25 strangest celebrities pets.
25| Salvador Dali’s Ocelot
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali was an eccentric man, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that he had an unconventional pet to match his personality. Dali owned an ocelot named Babou. He traveled everywhere with his feline companion. At one point, Dali brought Babou to a swanky New York restaurant and tied him to the table leg. A woman protested the fact that a wild animal was allowed into a dining establishment, but Dali explained that it was only a cat he’d painted in op-art style. Embarrassed, the woman agreed that the animal was indeed a domestic cat.
24| George Clooney’s Pot-bellied Pig
George Clooney may not be able to maintain a stable human relationship, but his relationship with his pot-bellied pig, Max, lasted 18 years. Originally a gift for his former girlfriend, Kelly Preston, Max was once a tiny little pig. However, he grew to be over 300 pounds and ate as much as an NFL linebacker. Although Clooney built him a shelter a few yards away from the main house, Max often slept in Clooney’s bed. He died and went to hog heaven in late 2006.
23| Audrey Hepburn’s Deer
While filming Green Mansion in 1959, Audrey Hepburn adopted a pet that complemented her graceful demeanor. The film’s animal trainer suggested she take the baby deer from the film home so that it would learn to follow her. Hepburn agreed and the two immediately bonded. The baby deer, which she named Pippin, cuddled with her and accompanied her on errands in Beverly Hills. She loved Pippin so much that she kept her post-production.
22| Tycho Brahe’s Moose
Sixteenth century astronomer Tycho Brahe should’ve consulted the stars. Maybe if he did, he could have predicted the tragic death of his pet moose. Brahe let his moose run free at parties and consequently, it drank more alcohol than the humans in attendance. One night, the moose drank so much beer that it became intoxicated and fell down the stairs to its death.
21| Paris Hilton’s Kinkajou
We all know Paris Hilton is partially responsible for starting the trend that led to small dogs being dressed up and carried in purses, but the heiress also owns more exotic pets. Her kinkajou, named Baby Luv, gained attention in 2006 when it bit her. Maybe it was trying to protect itself from being dressed up like one of her prissy pooches.
20| Lord Byron’s Bear
Most people think of Lord Byron as a famous poet, but few know that he was also a badass rebel. He brought his dog from home with him when he began his education at Cambridge. Much to his disappointment, he was forced to send his dog home because keeping it was against the rules. In defiance, he perused the rulebook to find an animal that was not expressly forbidden. Eventually, he found a loophole and ordered a bear. The animal lived with him in the dorms and he regularly took it for walks around campus (on a leash, of course). Although the bear frightened the students and professors, nobody could make Byron get rid of his pet because bears were not mentioned in the rulebook.
19| Teddy Roosevelt’s White House Zoo
The arrival of the Roosevelt family turned the White House into a zoo. The family obviously loved animals, as they kept a guinea pig, a one-legged rooster, a hyena, a zebra, ponies, lions, and bears at the presidential dwelling. The animals were always welcome inside the White House. In an effort to cheer up Archie, his sick brother, Quentin Roosevelt once brought a pony into the elevator and upstairs to pay him a visit.
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