03 May 2011

Odd Pets

Every once in a while I click the "Marketplace" application on my Facebook page (in case someone is giving away a free bed that I could use).  Upon doing so yesterday I saw a pet Wallaby for sale for $1,200.  

I want one.  

However, the question is...can I have one?  Are wallabys...or is it wallabies...or maybe walleye...no that's definitely not it...you know what I mean...but are they legal in this state?

Well let's start with what we know is legal: cats and dogs (unless your landlord says no then you'll be out on the street), most lizards, but those are basic pets.  Here's a little snippet into the unusual (and expensive) pets.  

World's most expensive pets: 

Green Monkey: $16 million
Legal in Ohio
Missy: $1.2 million
Legal in Ohio
Capuchin Monkey: $10,000
Legal in Ohio
That's right.  I said LEGAL!  There are neither bans nor requirements on monkey ownership in Ohio so go for it!  Buy your monkey!

Need a less feminine monkey?  Try these guys!

De Brazza's Monkey: $7,000-$10,000

Squirrel Monkey: $4,000

So now you're saying "No Way!  I can't afford that!  I'd rather have a cat or dog, they're way cheaper!" I say, "Think again."

Tibetan Mastiff: $582,000

Cavalier King Spaniel: $500,000

Savannah Cat: $10,000

Bengal Cat: $3,000

The price of that Wallaby is looking pretty good now isn't it?  And according to my research, they're legal!  Better find that guy on Facebook before he sells this deal of a pet to someone else!

Special thanks to ForkParty for their article on the 13 Most Expensive Pets in the World, Business Insider for the 10 Most Expensive Pets you can Buy, Weirdly Odd.com, and Decoded Stuff for the facts about other people's pets.  

And if you really want to know about the pet law in Ohio this is what the code says:

"it is illegal for anyone to bring a non-domestic or exotic animal into the state without the proper permits, a health certificate for each animal and a certificate from a veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected. This law also states that anyone who wishes to possess a non-domestic or exotic animal in the state will not need a permit to do so, only to have them imported into the state."

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