Skip to comments.Winner - Most Unusual Pet
Posted on 04/21/2012 4:07:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Here is our pet, a Sugar Glider. His name is Rocky (short for Rocket), and he is almost 6 months old. Since joining our family, he is always traveling along with one of us in our shirts or in a pouch. He is a loving member of our family. Sugar Gliders are native to Australia and are related to the Koala bear.
Our family had been looking for just the right pet since my husband, Andy, is allergic to cats and dogs. I had looked into small animals that you would find at your local pet store, but they either had a very short life span or were smelly and destructive. (Not interested in birds, lizards, turtles and fish... I like the cute and cuddly kind myself.) We happened upon Rocky at the Mall of New Hampshire. About twice a year, the company Pocket Pets has a kiosk when they have baby Sugar Gliders to sell. I had never heard of Sugar Gliders before, and thought that this was everything that I wanted in a pet. Sugar Gliders make wonderful pets. They live 12-15 years, and are very clean animals (they dont have dander or shed so they are great for people who have allergies). They dont smell, and are not destructive.
Rocky is very affectionate. In the wild, Sugar Gliders bond with other members of their colony for life. Our family has become Rockys colony, and so has bonded to us for life. We take turns with him in our shirts, and he goes everywhere with us. He makes a few familiar noises too ... he barks like a Chihuahua when he is calling for us, he chirps like a bird when he is happy to see us, and purrs like a cat when he is content. He is very smart too. They say Sugar Gliders have the intelligence of dogs, and I believe it. At six months, Rocky can already untie knots and unbutton buttons!
Avoid this temptation. They look cute, but we bought two and they were IMPOSSIBLE. My wife and I are both animal lovers, but unless you have countless hours to spend with them, it’s a disaster. IMHO
These things are everywhere down here in NC. Not that unusual.
Urine down your arm? Well, I’m convinced!
I hear that costs an extra $37 in Cartagena...
I think I will pass—I’ve got two dogs sleeping at my feet right now, and that’s enough for me.
They neither urinate on me nor bite me......
Ha. My green cheeked conure is cuddly, non destructive, and speaks ENGLISH. Goes everywhere with me.
LOL!! Most I’ve laughed at a post here in a long time. Thanks!
LOLOL! Best laugh of the weekend (so far)!
What are they? Are they rodents?
I remember seeing a guy in a laundromat once, with his ferret, who was peeing and pooping all over the table where you fold your clothes.
Pretty awful. The guy cleaned it up, but what was the point?
I have four cows, 10 chickens, 2 cats, 1 dog, and assorted outdoor birds. I have managed to make them all pets, I will pass
I got a herd of dust bunnies under my bed,does that count?
What. It takes too long to say Rocket?
Other than that, they’re great!
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