Have you ever dreamt of owning an exotic animal such as a tiger, monkey, or oddly enough, an anteater like Salvador Dali? How about attaching a leash to your pet rabbit and taking it for a walk… or maybe a hop? Maybe you always wanted to play with the neighbor’s kid, but the pet lion he had in his backyard prevented you from doing so. With the endangerment of species around the world it’s understandable in this day and age that there are special permits required in order to have certain exotic animals as pets… but not long ago was a time that the adoption of these animals were advertised in the local paper.
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Exotic Pets started becoming a common thing for the middle and upper class in the late 1800s to the 1970s. It seems that many people in the entertainment industry had a fascination with exotic animals and had to have one of their own. It makes a bold statement about their character and says something about their class. Strombergs Exotic Pet catalogue came out in the 70s advertising adoption of flying squirrels, ocelots, peacocks, monkeys, and other peculiar animals. Check out a collection of vintage photographs showing the companionship of unusual pets and their often famous owners.