10 Super Weird "Exotic Animals" That Are Actually Legal To Own In Canada
Just make sure they don't eat you.
Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing we could ever need more in the world than dogs. They're man's best friend and they're the best snuggle-buddies in the world, better than boyfriends.
But it might interest you to know that if you're bored with the whole dog, cat, goldfish scene, there are some pretty wild animals that you are legally allowed to own in Canada.
I'm not saying that you should them, or that it's a good idea (especially if you're living downtown). I'm just saying that according to Canada's laws, you cannot get into trouble for owning any of these animals.
Meet the world's largest rodent: the capybara. I mean, if you think about this animal is kind of like a dog-sized hamster. They're really similar to beavers as well! Originally from South America, they eat grass and tree bark. So that means keep them away from your wooden furniture.
2. Mini Donkey
I mean you do have to admit that these guys are pretty darn cute. These farm animals grow to about 3-feet high and are apparently completely legal to own as a pet.
3. Fennec Fox
Damn, those are quite the ears! Apparently, these little guys are as independent as cats but as affectionate as dogs. So, they work for both dog and cat people. If you let one of these guys into your house, make sure you keep it away from any smaller rodents you may have if you don't want them to become a snack.
They look like a leopard, but they play like a housecat. Make sure these guys have tons of space to run around if you decide to bring this cat from North Africa to North America.
I'm sure we've all heard of this little Australian guy, but apparently, they're also super popular to have as pets in Alberta. Wallabies are very social and can be trained, but know that they are not low-maintenance and require a lot of work.
6. Hyacinth Macaw
These birds definitely cost a pretty penny, often costing over $10,000. They are also an endangered species, and yet there are no laws against owning them in Canada. If you get one, you need to make sure to train them not to bite and to give them plenty of room to fly.
7. Sugar Glider
These little guys are named because they suck sweet nectar out of fruits and sap from trees. And of course, because they glide. If you get one, you need to get another because sugar gliders are extremely social creatures. They can actually die of loneliness.
8. Muntjac Deer
This deer even sounds like a dog! The Muntjac deer is also called the barking deer. They can be trained to answer to their name and even to use a litter box. They're kind of like housepets already. They can get pretty big so know what you are getting into.
You won't have much to deal with when it comes to these guys because, as you probably know, hedgehogs are nocturnal. So, they kind of just chill out. They're a little prickly so don't get too cuddly with them. Just make sure you socialize it so it's happy. If not, it can get really nervous.
10. Pygmy Goat
Though they're called pygmy goats, they really are not that small, so don't expect something tiny. They've got tons of energy and tend to make a lot of noise. While owning them is legal, selling their milk and cheese is not, so don't try and turn your pet into a payday.