Let’s take a moment to fantasize about off-limits offbeat pets #Pets#animals January 4 | Cat Rocketship I grew up in the country. Pets were whatever I could bring home. I raised some baby mice, had a sand piper for a spell, and dreamed of having a pet raccoon like in Rascal. I'm a grown-ass lady now, and know that I would never, ever keep a non-domesticated animal as a pet (and now I understand why my parents were strict about making me set that sand piper free when she felt better). But it's still fun to have fantasy pets. There are too many amazing animals in the world NOT to imagine what it would be like living with them. I TOTALLY understand that wild animals are not pets. This is fantasy-land, where I also have a tail and very large yellow wings. But in fantasy-land, I have a pet tortoise: And this little guy is SO CUTE but what I really want is a giant one. Like an Aldabra Giant Tortoise: Source: sunsurfer.tumblr.com via Mellissa on Pinterest Can I ride my fantasy tortoise like a very slow pony? I can. I'd also score myself a pet flying fox: Related Post Everything you ever wanted to know about owning ferrets Everything you've ever wanted to know about nature's most full-of-life, and mischievous pets... Source: concretescarecrow.blogspot.com via Cat on Pinterest And feed it milkshakes all the time. I wouldn't kick a Fossa pup out of bed, either. Though they are related to civets, so they have scent glands and might make my bed smelly. But it's MY fantasy, so I'm going to have a Fossa who smells like flowers. Source: zooborns.com via Meg on Pinterest They also eat lemurs, and I am definitely opposed to lemurs, so I'd be glad to have an anti-lemur force in the home. I absolutely need a Capybara in my imaginary menagerie. Source: zooborns.com via Stephanie on Pinterest They're basically GIANT guinea pigs! Last — and definitely not least — what fantasy pet list would be complete without mention of an otter? Source: i.imgur.com via Erin on Pinterest I would name him Ollie and we would be best friends and my husband would never speak to me again because he'd be mad that our house smells like fish. Take a fiver and brainstorm your no-holds-barred fantasy pet — I want to hear. Since this is totally imaginary, unicorns, triceratops, and the like are TOTALLY allowed. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS All about one queer family's experience with IVF and making babies NEXT What would you want to know about your child's birth mother? Show/Hide comments [ 125 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.