2| David Beckham’s Micro Pigs
Apparently, even a tough guy like David Beckham isn’t immune to cuteness. The famous soccer player’s wife bought him two micro pigs for Christmas in 2009, which they named after family friends David Furnish and Elton John. The micro pigs, which grow to be just 14 inches tall, cost the couple over 1,400 pounds, or about $2,200 US. The stylish swine currently reside on the Beckham’s country estate in England.
1| King George I’s “Human Pet”
If you think you’ve read about the oddest pet already, think again. King George I definitely wins the award for strangest pet ever (sorry, Charlie Sheen!). It is said that the king kept a “human pet” named Peter for many years. The feral boy was discovered naked and living in a North German forest in 1725. At about age 12, the boy could not speak, walked on all fours, and fed on grass. Unsure of what to do with him, the villagers imprisoned him until George I stumbled upon him during a visit. Fascinated by the boy, the king named the boy Peter and took him to his summer palace, where the boy wore expensive clothes and dined with the king. He later joined the monarch at court, but he had trouble adjusting to civilization. Modern geneticists who have studied the Peter’s portrait think he might have been autistic or suffered from a chromosomal condition called Pitt Hopkins syndrome. The king later retired Peter to a farm, where he died at about age 70.
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