When people picture crazed animal lovers with one too many pets, they think of crazy cat ladies living among a harem of tabbies, calicos, and shorthairs. Through the wider scope of the world, however, there are much scarier aspects of animal obsession than just becoming a spinster with one too many cats. In fact, the crazy pet stories you’re about to read would make your everyday cat lady look downright tame.
From weird animals to extreme pet hoarding, from overspending to under-supervising, these non-traditional pet owners are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. What qualifies as crazier than the cat lady? How about snuggling up beside a tutu-donning alligator, napping with a polar bear, or keeping a man-eating snake in the same house as your 10 year old?
While some of these pets might be cute, they all have their own crazy - and sometimes deadly - downsides. These insane pet choices will make you appreciate your dog or cat even more than you already do.
Eccentricity in pet ownership isn’t always about the type or the number of pets in a household. Some pet owners show us their crazy through the way their pets are treated. This seems to be the going concept for crazy celebrity pet owners like Paris Hilton. The platinum blonde starlet has shelled out over $325,000 so her pooches can live in the very lap of luxury. Their two story villa sports heating and air conditioning. Wrought iron railings wrap around the interior showing off fancy Italian architectural fixtures.
Now here’s a side of the arctic you won’t see every day. Animal lover Mark A. Dumas takes a dip in the pool with his pet, which wouldn't be out of the ordinary except for the fact his pet is a polar bear, the single most carnivorous member of the entire bear family. To make matters even more extreme, after they swim out to the deep end, it’s nap time and the two of them take that snooze together as one. Yikes!
How does Dumas even own a polar bear? He's a famous bear trainer who takes in all types of bears at his property in British Columbia. His bears have been featured in films like Scary Movie, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Man of Steel.
This cowboy’s companion is truly a gentle giant. This 2,800 pound buffalo lives with Ronnie and Sherron Bridges inside their Texas home. He has his own room and meanders through his home gracefully, much to the surprise of onlookers. While the creature appears quite docile and harmless, binge watching television and grazing with his owner, 2,800 pounds is certainly nothing to play around with.
The couple so loves this buffalo - named Wild Thing - that he was the best man at their wedding.
Talk about cramped quarters! Theresa “The Rat Lady” shares her studio apartment with not one or two or even 10, but 52 hairless rats. She spends a great deal of her day feeding them cupcakes and her nights are spend lying in bed with them. Theresa’s pets could cost her more than she bargained for though, as she faces eviction and isolation due to her dependence on their love.