Let's take a moment to fantasize about off-limits offbeat pets #Pets#animals#Pinterest 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. Rats: cuddly and sociable and not a bit creepy If you're any sort of animal liker, you'll be totally won over by Rachael's description of fancy rats. Soft, small and sociable? I see an... [more] Next on the list: an Abert's squirrel. Source: concretescarecrow.blogspot.com via Cat on Pinterest They look like they MUST be imbued with magical powers. In that vein, I'd also score myself a pet flying fox: Source: offbeathome.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 Playing house is not my next adventure NEXT 6 erotic NSFW artworks that might make you rethink your "no boobs in the foyer" rule Toggle comments [ 125 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.