Whether it’s a ploy for more attention or just plain craziness, some celebrities take their desire for animal companionship a little too far. Most of us regular folk favor standard pets, like dogs, cats and maybe a fish or two (although one Pennsylvania woman recently found out the fatal way that bears do not make good pets). Below, check out 10 celebrities whose furry friends are just a little bit over the top.
Michael Jackson’s Chimp
Bubbles, the chimpanzee, and Michael were inseparable in the 1980s. However, due to his extremely aggressive behavior, Bubbles was sent to the Center for Great Apes conservatory in 2003.
The Kardashian’s Chimp
George Clooney’s Pig
Clooney’s companion for 18 years, Max, the 300-lb potbellied pig (similar animal shown above), was reportedly purchased for one of the eternal bachelor’s many loves. After suffering from a series of mishaps—including being run over by a car in 2001—Max passed away in 2006.
Richard Pryor’s Pony
During the early years of his career, comedian Richard Pryor owned Ginger, a pet pony (similar animal shown above). According to his widow, Jennifer Lee, Pryor was an avid animal lover and treated his pets like they were his children.
Mike Tyson’s Tiger
Thought Mike Tyson’s tiger in The Hangover was just a comedic foil? Think again! His ferocious feline friend reportedly costs about $4,000 per month to own.
Paris Hilton’s Kinkajou
Socialite Paris Hilton named her pet kinkajou (similar animal shown above)—a rainforest mammal related to the raccoon—Baby Luv. In 2006, the ferret-look-alike bit Hilton on the arm, causing her to rush to the hospital.
Michael Jackson’s Koala Bear
Making another appearance on our list, Michael Jackson at one time owned a koala bear (similar animal shown above) that accompanied the pop star on many worldwide tours—including stops in its native Australia.
Courtney Love’s Turtle
Rocker Courtney Love’s newest pet is a turtle (similar animal shown above). Earlier this year, the singer posted photos online of her and the tough-shell reptile cuddling in bed.
Kellie Pickler’s Monkey
American Idol contestant and country singer Kellie Pickler was the proud owner of a three-ounce marmoset monkey (similar animal shown above)—that is until, she realized the tree-climbing sidekick was too much work for her busy schedule.
Vanilla Ice’s Wallaroo
When, in 2004, Bucky Buckaroo (similar animal shown above)—a cross between a wallaby and kangaroo—escaped and ran wild in the streets of Saint Lucie, Florida, the ’90s rapper no longer wanted the pet.