Last time you took your pet to the veterinarian, it probably cost you a few hundred dollars, right? Yeah, vet visits can be costly for dogs and cats, or maybe even less common pets like a gerbil or snake. But what if you owned something like a capuchin monkey, lion cubs, or a wallaby? That’s right, families all across the globe own these and other exotic animals — the difference, though, is that they’re rich and can afford to purchase and care for these most expensive pets in the world. What might shock you at the end of this list is the fact that a regular farm animal is considered to be the most expensive pet in the world. Just wait until you get your eyes on it!
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Many pigs make great pets thanks to their high intelligence, but only certain pigs make great house pets. One of those is the micro piglet, a crossbreed of Juliana pigs and potbelly pigs. The micro piglet is usually distinct thanks to his adorable perky ears, and they won’t grow more than knee-high. But you’ll have to dig deep into your piggybank to get a micro piglet, as they go for roughly $1,500 to $2,000. An initial veterinarian visit will probably run you a few hundred at least, and micro pigs cost about $60 per month to care for.
These little creatures are part of the fox family and have become very popular choices in the exotic pet market. The fennec fox is most recognizable because of its overly large ears, and owners love them because fennecs want a great deal of attention. However, it’s a nocturnal animal, so be prepared to play with it during the night. When looking to purchase, you might be surprised that they’re only about $2,500 to purchase. But they cost approximately $2,400 per year to take care of and can live close to 15 years. So all told, it’ll cost a good chunk to own a fennec fox.
Many don’t know about the kinkajou, but after reading this you might be tempted to get one as your next pet. Kinkajous are a tropical rainforest animal that are in the same mammal family as raccoons. Adults only grow to 3 to 10 pounds, and are generally quiet, docile, yet playful, making them great pets. They may, however, become agitated and aggressive from sudden movements or noise. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase, with some less than $1,000, but can cost upwards of $3,000. Famed socialite Paris Hilton is known to have had a kinkajou as a pet.
Believe it or not, this monkey is fully grown. The finger monkey, as it’s commonly called – its scientific name is pygmy marmoset – is true to its namesake, growing anywhere from 4.6 to 6 inches in body length. It’s known to be the smallest monkey species in the world. But despite being so tiny, the pygmy marmoset loves to make trouble and can be a nuisance around the house. People love them still, probably because of their diminutive cuteness, and usually pay anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000. An added cost that owners would most certainly want to take is the specialized diapers for the monkeys, which can cost about $50 to $60.
While kangaroos are known to be highly aggressive, their close relative, the wallaby, actually makes for a great household pet. They are surprisingly easy to domesticate and often act like more common household pets, and are known to get along very well with other animals. They love attention and can be quite adoring. But they can also be quite costly. To purchase a wallaby, it’ll run you about $1,000 on the low end to $4,000 on the high end. Then add in about $450 per month to care for the animal. It certainly won’t be cheap to have around.
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