The bark of a dog and the meow of a cat are what some pet owners consider the voices of their children. Pets around the world are well loved and considered an important part of the family. But, while cats, dogs, hamsters and birds are the usual household pets today, many other strange creatures are inhabiting the home.
The potbelly pig is now becoming an accepted domestic pet. It looks like a miniature pig but is treated much like a dog. Parrots are also becoming more popular, as both a pet and a speaking companion. However, since the life span of a parrot can reach 90 years, it is a big commitment for new "parents." Unique animals are often chosen as pets because they are a curiosity to their owners. In fact, even the American President Theodore Roosevelt owned a pet zebra. It is also common for young boys to own critters of the jungle and rain forest. Iguanas, spiders and snakes can be purchased at most pet stores today. This corresponds with the saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." What might be a terror to some people is now a family member to others.