questionsif you could have any animal as a pet, what would…

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I wouldn't trade my rabbit for any other animal. I can't ride him but he produces prodigious amounts of fertilizer for the yard.

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If they could be potty trained, a Capuchin monkey like they showed in Indiana Jones.

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One of those flying critters from Avatar. My commute would be awesome.

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A komodo dragon. Because dragons are cool.

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Ocelot, I'd call him Awesome.

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Meerkat. (They'd travel better than otters.)

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Panda. Totally cute and adorable, and they mostly just laze around, looking cute and adorable. And sometimes they sneeze.

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A cheetah. They supposedly have more canine dispositions than feline, and make great pets (as far as any wild animal can be said to be a good pet). They also appear to have been selected for extinction by nature (human hunting and encroachment is just accelerating what appears to be natural de-selection), so creating a niche for them in our world may be the only way to save them. It would actually take a number of generations of pet breedings for them to become safe to keep as pets. I think in the exotic cats (bengals, savannahs) it takes five or six generations of cross breeding with domestic felines and selectively breeding for desirable dispositions to get a really good housepet. With an animal as large as a cheetah that could easily kill its owner, probably longer than that. Dogs have been with us for thousands of generations and, although they are the most faithful and loving companions any human could ever desire, still occasionally eat us.

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A panther would be sweet so long as it didn't nom on me. "Get off the keyboard, panther! That's a bad panther!"

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I'm pretty partial to my dog, but I think it would be awesome to have a black bear.

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A well trained monkey or a chinchilla that knows how to dance

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A small dragon that can ride on my shoulder.

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While you can't own an elephant, you can foster an orphaned baby elephant or rhino for as little as $50 a year. Many baby elephants are orphaned when their parents are killed for the ivory trade. Similarly, many baby rhinos are orphaned when poachers kill the adults for their horns. These young animals can't fend for themselves in the wild, and in addition to requiring food and nutrition, baby elephants are as emotionally needy as baby humans. Visit this site for some really heart-tugging pictures and stories, and perhaps to adopt your own orphaned baby..
http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp

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A penguin, hands down. It could waddle around and I would make a ramp so it could slide down the stairs on its belly.

Would probably have to get its wings clipped though; don't want it flying away... ;)

EDIT: A thread about animals needs pictures/GIFs; I will start:

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Imaginary: Rhino. I'd love to ride one like a horse.

Realistic: Coatimundi. South American relative to the raccoon but trainable. Temperament between a cat and dog.

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@the18thtee84: I was also going to answer penguin! cute, small, trainable, doesn't eat bugs or rodents. I may have read Mr. Popper's Penguins too many times as a kid, because that's always my answer. I recently read the book to my kids, and now my daughter's obsessed.

My daughter wants one so much we researched the possibility. Sadly, we don't have enough space for a group (they need to live in groups) habitat. And I don't relish the idea of regular USDA inspections.

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a kiwi bird, although i don't think my dog would take too kindly to him.

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A platypus. They are awesome.

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Well, I already own some pretty aweome cats, but when I visited my local fair last year, I had my picture taken with a fennec fox (see my avatar!). They are tiny, and can be kept as pets legally in some states. Mine being one of them, unfortunatley, the owner of the house says NO! LOL! They also have these big ears that make them just too cute for words! I'd have to say I'd love to own a Fennec Fox.

I've also had my picture taken with a Coatimundi, that thing was super adorable and crazy fun, crawled all over me and I enjoyed every minute of it! :)

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A Thylacine(Tasmanian Tiger)- looks like a dog, but actually a marsupial, and HUGE jaws. My late uncle had his picture taken with one of the few surviving males back before they they were thought to be extinct.

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a: Dodo bird
b: Golden egg laying goose.

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Can I have a Velociraptor? House trained of course.
Oh, and with a harness so I can ride her.
That'd be great.
My dog may not think so though.

@moondrake: Saw the Cheetah display at the San Diego Safari Park last year (this event motivated me to buy a nicer camera), where they run the cheetah at full speed in a long grassy area, pretty freaking awesome. The Cheetah has an animal companion, a friend who keeps it calm in new environments (such as in front of a crowd), and that companion is a dog although the breed name escapes me (http://www.fromalonetohome.com/2011/09/shelter-dog-calms-cheetahs-at-san-diego.html)

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@spikedknight: That's very cool and an awesome article. I know in the old days it was common for racehorses to have a "pet". But I hadn't heard of it with zoo animals (other than Koko and her kitten Ball). It's interesting that the wild animals will model the behavior of the domesticated ones in order to be more successful in the sanctuary environment.

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I'm torn between pandas, koalas and penguins.

But realistically, I'd like a hedgehog.

It's just a shame though that these things are frowned upon in California, I'd move to any state that lets you own a hedgehog if I could.

Speaking of pets, holy crap I went to this swap-meet over at Ontario, California the other week and they were selling a bunch of endangered birds like peacocks, toucans, like every parrot in the zoo and a whole lot of other things and it reminded me of the movie Rio. I never asked how much though... but man somebody needs to get the health and wildlife department down there cause they look like they're having a bad time there.

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@joshobra: my son wants one of those hedgehogs so bad! Seriously, look how cute that thing is.

My son took an animal class at the local park district a couple of years ago, and the guy brought in different animals every week. His favorites were the hedgehog and the sugar glider, two animals I never would have thought of as pets.

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@joshobra: Peacocks aren't endangered. People raise them in their back yards in my urban area. They run loose at our zoo, and a lot of people in the areas around our centrally located zoo end up being involuntary peacock hosts, as the zoo doesn't clip their wings so they relocate at will. Like geese, they are highly territorial and make great watch"dogs", and are beautiful as well. However they make a gawdawful racket. Sounds like someone being murdered.

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I'd like to either have a sea otter or my dead dog. But only if I could have him back the way he was before he got sick. Not in a Pet Sematary sort of way. That'd be gross.

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Just patiently waiting for the finalized toyger.

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@flyinggirl: The platypus would be my choice as well. Egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammal with the most bizarre genome we've seen yet in a mammal. Just watch out for that venomous spike (if you have a male).

We even gave our son a platypus-derived nickname - before we had ever seen or heard of Phineas & Ferb.

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I've always been partial to river otters. They just seem like they're always having so much fun. So, definitely a couple or river otters.

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A raccoon or a small dragon.

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One of those fainting goats. They crack me up.

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I want a Lion that eats straw. You know, like in the Bible. Awesome & cheap to feed.

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Tiger, especially a white tiger. I know they're endangered. But they're gorgeous creatures and I'd take really good care of it.

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I like the coatimundi as well. Cute and very trainable.

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I would have to agree with some of the others and say a panda. They are the sweetest bears it seems, just eating and playing around.

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Pretty much any of the big cats. Or a panda. Or a baby polar bear. And otters are really cute.

I don't think hedgehogs are legal in my state but that picture is just adorable.

Oh! Oh! I want a tiny giraffe. Actually, I'd really like a whole tiny zoo....

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@zuiquan: Aww, he wanted to dress like a human. That's adorable!