There is a lot to be said in favour of owning a pet. The companionship that a faithful animal friend can provide. The teaching experience as kids learn how to take responsibility of a living creature (other than themselves). The simple pleasures of sitting on the couch next to your loyal companion. However, not all pets are equal, and some exotic pets are a whole lot more expensive than others. Read on to find out more about some of the world's most expensive pets.
What if you want to get a pet as a gift and you’ve just hit the EuroMillions jackpot? What pet would you choose if money was no object? Here is our list of the most expensive pets you can get your family, friends or yourself. Use it as a source of inspiration and choose wisely!
White Lion Cub (£110,000)
White lion cubs are, hands down, some of the cutest fluffy creatures in the world. They are also some of the rarest to find as well. Their snow-white color is actually caused by a genetic malfunction and you will almost never find white lion cubs in the wild. Even if you have that kind of money and manage to find that precious furry snowball, you should carefully consider such a purchase. I mean, they are cute and cuddly and out-of-this-world cute as cubs but your white lion cub will eventually grow into a full-sized wild cat!
Palm Cockatoo (£12,600)
The Palm Cockatoo is one of the most beautiful (and most expensive) birds that can be bought as pets. The largest Australian parrot has a very healthy diet consisting of Brazil nuts, pine nuts, apples, oranges, pomegranate, sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli and kale. To put it in another way, if your wife is into healthy eating, chances are you probably already have all the products this bird needs to survive in your fridge.
Found in the rainforests of New Guinea and far north Queensland, these parrots only lay one egg every other year, but that’s compensated by their enviably long life-span. Oh, and the red thingy on their cheek changes its color when they are excited!
Capuchin Monkey (£7,900)
Have you ever wondered what Ross’ monkey (from Friends) is? It’s a Capuchin Monkey! This cute little fella is beyond adorable, what with his funny expression and cappuccino cup size. Pun totally intended – no offense, Capuchin Monkey. They live for up to 50 years and are huge trouble-makers, so you should totally watch an episode or two of Friends featuring Marcel before committing to such a decision. Or Ace Ventura, for that matter – Jim Carrey’s monkey friend was also a Capuchin Monkey!
Pastel Butter Stripe Ball Python (£5,900)
Are you not into fluffy balls and exotic parrots? Then the Pastel Butter Stripe Ball Python might just be the pet for you! Similarly to the white lion cub, a rare genetic disorder turns this snake to a very popular python breed with its unique color and marking adding to its price tag. Remember that while it might look cute and tiny as a “baby”, it eventually grows to five feet in length and lives for up to 30 years!