Of course, some people have pets that are a little more unique and interesting than your average dog or cat. These pets are sometimes called exotic pets. Not every animal can be domesticated and kept as a pet, but that doesn't keep some people from trying!
Here are some of the most intriguing exotic pets you're likely to come across:
These donkeys don't talk like the donkey in Shrek, but they tend to be loving pets that are great with children. Even though the word “miniature" is in their name, they're not always small! These little donkeys can grow up to three feet tall and weigh between 200 and 350 pounds.
Abraham Lincoln kept a pet goat at the White House when he was President. Standard dairy goats aren't kept as pets much anymore, but pygmy goats have become popular due to their small size and friendly nature.
Unlike the 2,000-pound, farm-variety pig, potbellied pigs are small and easy to train. They also tend to be mostly odor-free. Like their relatives on the farm, though, they can easily become overweight, so it's best to give them a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
Think of a giant guinea pig and you'll have an idea of what the capybara looks like. It's the largest rodent in the world, measuring up to four feet long and weighing more than 100 pounds. If you want one as a pet, you'll need to make sure it has plenty of room to roam and a swimming pool to swim in, since it's a semi-aquatic creature!
Do you have an unusual pet? If so, we want to hear about it! Post a comment below, telling us and all of our Wonder Friends around the world about your unique pet. What is its name? What's the best thing about your unusual pet? Does it have any special needs that require special care above and beyond what's normal for common pets?