Exotic pet ownership is on the rise in the U.S. People desire something individual and exciting for an animal companion, but sometimes take on the pet without considering its needs – or even the law. There are success stories regarding exotic pets, of course, but to do it right takes work. These 20 celebrities all had a shot at doing that work, but sometimes there were unexpected or even tragic consequences.
20. Kirstie Alley – lemurs
Kirstie Alley owns lemurs, but she’s willing to take on the difficulties of looking after such pets. And she only started keeping them because she knew the climate of L.A, where she lives, could accommodate them. Alley also pays for a lemur-keeper. “I actually have a full-time animal caretaker. It’s just on my payroll!” she told People in 2016. And perhaps even more importantly, she’s warned the public against irresponsible pet ownership.