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Celebrities With Totally Strange (And Possibly Illegal) Pets

Updated December 5, 2019 1.3k votes 174 voters 7.3k views15 items

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Celebrities are notorious for outrageous purchases. (We're looking at you, Nic Cage!) But when that purchase is a living thing, it gets weird. Countless celebs have dogs and cats and maybe a bird. But then there are donkeys, micro pigs, illegal monkeys, and even an octopus. (We're looking at you again, Cage!)

That said, here are some of the strangest pets of the stars.

  • 1

    Tyga's Tiger

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    Owning a tiger is is tough business. Just ask Tyga, who probably thought Tyga's Tiger would look cool in the headlines or on a tattoo. 

    But according to TMZ, Tyga kept the seven-month-old cat at his Ventura County, CA, home, where he reportedly "took good care" of it. Unfortunately it's illegal to keep a tiger in one's home without the proper permitting and facilities, and Tyga was busted after posting photos of the giant feline to Instagram.

    Fish and Wildlife authorities swooped in and moved the tiger to a state facility, and sought to charge Tyga with a misdemeanor and a possible six-month jail stint. The tiger is currently living in a non-profit rescue center but has not received a word – or a donation – from Tyga. 

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  • 2

    Justin Bieber's Monkey

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    Justin Bieber once made international news for something other than crooning about his recent breakup when it was revealed that he owned an illegal capuchin monkey, OG Mally. The tiny primate was confiscated by German customs officials when Bieber "failed to produce required vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich."

    Apparently Bieber had been warned not to travel with "Mally," but did not heed the warning. "I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that sh*t," Bieber said. "I had all the right papers. Things get twisted."

    Mally never made it back home to Biebs and is living his best life at Germany's Serengeti Wildlife Park.



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  • 3

    Chris Brown's Monkey


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    This 2017 video on Instagram of Chris Brown's daughter cuddling with a capuchin monkey got the singer in trouble. Fans freaked out and thought it was a gift for his daughter, which triggered a Fish and Wildlife department investigation.

    It was determined that Brown failed to secure a permit for the primate, so agents served a warrant at Brown's house, and confiscated the monkey. Brown, as you can imagine, was not pleased — and neither was his attorney.

    In the end, a Los Angeles judge ordered Brown to give up all rights to the monkey. According to the ruling, Brown must pay $35,000 to the facility where the monkey is being cared for, and cannot visit it without making an appointment. Further, Brown is prohibited from owning other species of monkeys, must submit to searches to prove it, and cannot break any law from December 2019 through June 2020. 

    If Brown abides by these restrictions, he will be forgiven the two misdemeanors for illegal possession of a monkey without a permit.

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  • 4

    Michael Jackson's Chimpanzee

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    Who doesn't know about Bubbles? Before Justin Bieber attempted to sneak a monkey back into the country, the King of Pop was taking his pet chimp Bubbles out in matching outfits and treating him like a member of the royal family, which in a way, he was. 

    Bubbles reportedly slept on a small cot in Jackson’s room, ate at the same table with guests, used the same toilet, and was known to eat candy in the Neverland movie theater. But as Bubbles matured into a large and aggressive adult chimp, his time in the spotlight was over, and he was was moved to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, FL, where he has lived since 2005.

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