1. Panda Cows
It is believed that there are only 24 rare so-called “panda cows” in the world. The result of genetic manipulation can be purchased for approximately $30,000 and they are bred for the sole purpose of the use as a pet.
Although Christmas has come and gone, one can still purchase a miniature genetically manipulated animal as a gift for that special someone who has always wanted a panda bear and or a cow. A rare miniature cow with markings similar to a panda bear was born on a farm in Larimer County, Colorado. The scarce animal has been labelled as a “panda cow.” The animal entered this world is named Ben. Ben is only one of 24 or 25 “panda cows” in the world. They are used only as pets or show animals and not as cattle.
Ben was born on the farm of Chris Jessen who raises cattle and also owns a miniature kangaroo on a farm that he uses strictly for the purpose of a hobby, reports Press Association.“Miniatures range from about 44 inches tall on their tail side, on their hocks, but he can get up to 1000 pounds though — so a pretty good-sized animal,” said Jessen in an interview with Good Morning America, reports ABC News. “Probably the most amazing thing aside from the fact that he’s rare is that he’s on the couch right now. Suddenly my lap is starting to get very warm! I don’t think he’s gonna be on the couch after this again!”
2. Fennec Foxes
This fantastic minifox is a desert dweller who weighs in around 3 lb. (1.4 kg) and stretches just beyond a foot (30 cm), not counting its uniquely gigantic ears, which can measure almost half its body length. The smallest of all the world’s foxes, the fennec burrows away during the day and scavenges for insects and fruit at night. Its huge ears emit body heat and help it keep cool among the dunes of the Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Some locals hunt the fennec for its fur, while others capitalize on its cuteness in the pet trade.
Few interesting facts about fennec foxes:
1.Fennecs can be found purring like a cat when they are happy.
2.They are very social animals and live in colonies in the wild of up to 10 other foxes.
3.They are listed as threatened in the wild byCITES.
4.Fennec foxes are the smallest wild canid.
5.During breeding season, vixens may develop “love handles,” or alopecia on their sides.
6.Vixens are similar to felines in that they are seasonally polyestrous.
7.Fennecs must remain warm and will shiver if the air temperature goes below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
8.They are nocturnal, but do like to lie out in the sun.
9.Fennec foxes can climb out of outdoor enclosures, and dig up to twenty feet underground a night, so it is important to provide a secure area for them to exercise in.
10.They have a scent gland located on the tip of their tail that can give off a musky odor when the fox is startle.
11.Fennecs can survive up to 14 years in captivity if well cared for.
12.Fennecs can also be fed supplemental fruits, raw meat, veggies, crickets, mealworms, eggs, and rodents alongside their formulated diet. Is a fennec the right pet for you?
Iguanas had their day but, generally, reptiles are so ’80s. Exotic fish were in fashion for a nanosecond. And who could deny the ubiquitous Yorkie, a dog so small supermodels were spotted toting them around the world in custom-made Louis Vuitton purses? There have been so many trends that holding the title of pet-du-jour for longer than five minutes is harder than finding a lost Yorkie at doggie daycare. Leave it to a breed willing to get down and dirty to reverse that.
Pet micro-pigs are the latest trend in must-have companions. Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, reportedly gave her husband two for Christmas. Paris Hilton has been heard to have one. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, recently brought two home. That’s right, home. Pet micro-pigs don’t live in the barn, they live in your bedroom.
Micro-pigs are starting to win over the hearts of potential pet owners. The super cute little guys weigh only about 9 ounces at birth and are only about 50 pounds and 14 inches tall at their full size two years later. Contrary to what some people may think, the pigs make popular pets because they are clean, quiet, and intelligent. Micro-pigs also make great pets for people with fur allergies because pigs have hair instead of fur. But at a price tag of over $1,000 it’s no wonder that the micro-pigs are mostly a hit with the celebrity crowd so far. But cost aside, would you want one of these teacup piglets as a pet?
4. Philippine Tarsiers
The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.
If no action is taken, the tarsier might not survive. Although it is a protected species, and the practice of catching them and then selling them as stuffed tarsiers to tourists has stopped, the species is still threatened by the destruction of his natural forest habitat. Many years of both legal and illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have greatly reduced these forests, and reduced the tarsier population to a dangerously small size. If no action is taken now, the Philippine tarsier can soon be added to the list of extinct species. “The world’s smallest monkey” is an often heard slogan. However, it is not a monkey.
5. Bee Hummingbirds
Bee Hummingbird – the smallest bird in the world. Males of the bee hummingbird living on Cuba and on Isla de la Juventud, weigh 1,6g, and their length is 5,7cm, Half of length make a tail and a beak. Females are a bit larger.
They are very mobile, fervent and unaccomodating birds also they are extremely courageous in attacks on the larger birds, especially in period when they care of baby birds.They fly extremely fast – up to 80 km/h. They doing to 80 swings in a second. At rest the heart of the hummingbird usually work with frequency of 500 blows in a minute, and during physical activity of 1200 and more beats in a minute. The maximum life expectancy of the hummingbird is 8 years. They eat every ten minutes. Skins of the hummingbird are used as an ornament and that’s why people had exterminated so many of them!
6. Miniature Horses
Miniature horses are found in many nations, particularly in Europe and the Americas. The designation of miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal, which, depending on the particular breed registry involved, is usually less than 34–38 inches (86–97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered “horses” by their respective registries. They have various colors and coat patterns.
Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities. While miniature horses can be trained to work indoors, they are still real horses and are healthier when allowed to live outdoors (with proper shelter and room to run) when not working with humans.
They are generally quite hardy, often living longer on average than some full-sized horse breeds; the average life span of miniature horses is from 25 to 35 years.
7. Pygmy Goats
A pygmy goat is a small breed of domestic goat. Although they produce a very large amount of milk for their size, and can be eaten, pygmy goats are not typically used for milk or meat, unlike larger dairy and meat goat breeds. Pygmy goats tend to be more robust and breed more continually throughout the year than either dairy or meat goats. They are also sometimes kept as pets in urban or suburban backyards, depending on local regulation of livestock ownership. The pygmy goat is quite hardy, an asset in a wide variety of settings, and can adapt to virtually all climates.
So, looks like they are the ideal pets for those who want to keep goats but do not want the bother of milking every day. They are intelligent and respond readily to human company, however they are herd animals and should be kept with at least one other goat for company. They make the ideal family pet, being small, self-exercising and fun to have around.
They are very hardy and providing they are kept in the right conditions, they are rarely ill. A well-fenced area with a shelter and something to climb on would make an ideal area for a couple of pygmy goats.
8. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman
It may look like a slightly cuddlier version of the crocodile, but it’s just as ferocious. The Cuvier’s dwarf caiman is the smallest croc around, usually getting no bigger than about 4 ft. to 4½ ft. (1.2 m to 1.4 m) in length. These guys are found in cool, fast-moving rivers in South America, and sometimes live in waterfalls and rapids.
Even with its small size, a dwarf caiman eats birds, fish, other reptiles and even some small mammals. Considered a keystone species because it maintains the ecosystem it lives in by preying on certain fish (which would dramatically change that ecosystem if left unchecked), it has very few predators thanks to its armored, jagged skin.
9. Pygmy Marmosets
The Pygmy Marmoset is one of the smallest known primates and is the smallest monkey. The tiny primates measure just 14 to 16 centimeters in length and the males weigh about five ounces and the females weigh in at just over four ounces. The primate is not only known by its small size, but also is tawny fur, its ringed tail that is often as long as its body, and its ease at avoiding humans in the wild.
The Pygmy Marmoset is known to be native to the rainforest canopies of eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, western Brazil, and southeastern Colombia. These primates rarely, if ever, are seen on the ground and because of their small size they rarely need to come out of the canopies of the trees, even finding their water up there in the tree tops.
Those interested in conjuring up a mental image of the Pygmy Marmoset simply need to imagine the face of those popular Troll dolls in the 1990s with brownish gold fur around the face and body. This mental image offers an incredible likeness to these monkeys!
10. Barbados Thread Snakes
At first, it just looks like a worm. But when you peek closer, it slithers like a snake. It sticks its tongue out like a snake. It creeps you out like a snake. Discovered under a rock in 2006 in Barbados, this thread snake is as thin as spaghetti and smaller than any of the 3,100 other known snake species. Researchers believe it is the smallest a snake can evolve to be.