Got a spare few quid for a new pet? Well for some of the animals in our latest Top 10, you might need a win on the Euro Millions lottery to buy one of the world’s most expensive ‘pets’…
10. £5,000 – Toucan play that game
Rarity and beauty usually results in a hefty price tag and if you’d like a Toucan sat on a perch in your front room, you won’t see much change from five grand. Largely found in the Americas, they wouldn’t particularly relish relocating to the damp surrounds of a Stoke terraced house. With some 40 different species, these beautiful birds have a magnificent bill – which is incidentally what you’ll get when you order one! Prices vary but you could pay double the price above depending where you buy from.
9. £7,500 – Stop monkeying around?
Fancy a primate as an addition to your family? A De Brazza Monkey will cost you upwards of £7,500 but the problem is finding one. They can conceal themselves extremely well in the wild so even if you were to own one, you might not see it that often, if at all. Very cute, these guys can live 20+ years.
8. £10,000 – Macaw issue
A rare and endangered parrot whose popularity and beauty have hit their population in the wild hard, the Hyacinth Macaw maybe a desirable pet, but you’d be hurting the species by seeking one out to buy. Therefore, for conservation reasons alone, avoid purchase and instead put your money into preserving this incredible bird.
7. £12,000 – Cross your Palm with banknotes…
Yet another parrot makes the Top 10 most expensive pets list. The Palm Cockatoo is electric blue in colour and a handsome chap he is indeed. Possessing the kind of beak you could open a tin of peas with, he stands at 2 feet tall and deserves better than a life behind bars. If you can afford one, make sure he has the space to fly and live as freely as possible.
6. £57,000 – Help!
This is one beetle you certainly wouldn’t be ushering out of the kitchen. A rare member of its species, the stag beetle measures between two to three inches but a Japanese breeder sold a particularly large one (3.1 inches) for almost $90,000 – who’d have thought they would command such a hefty fee – or that anyone would want one as a pet?
5. £80,000 – Lion bar
Unimaginably cute, white lion cubs are only found in South African wildlife reserves – where they rightly are protected and coveted. In a perfect world, where there numbers were legion, this would be a magical animal to have in your life. Sadly, with only 300 white lions left, the £80,000 price they would command is still a couple of zeroes short of their worth to mankind.
4. £105,000 – Doggone?
When Florida couple Edgar and Nina Otto decided they couldn’t bear losing their beloved Labrador to cancer, they opted to clone his DNA and the end result was Sir Lancelot Encore. The cost of $158,000 clearly wasn’t an issue and while the ethical arguments rage on, who wouldn’t love their favourite pet to return – if you had the cash, of course.
3. £350,000 – Woof with the smooth
If you can afford a Tibetan Mastiff, the price will be immaterial to you. Clocking in at a third of a million, this dog is very much a Premier League player and not only does it come with a hefty price tag, it’s going to need a bigger basket too as it’s one of the largest breeds in the world, standing at more than three feet high and weighing up to 150lbs fully grown. Available in a variety of colours, the Tibetan Mastiffs are, needless to say, extremely rare. Capable of bringing down a tiger in their natural habitat, these are also incredibly loyal, powerful guard dogs.
2. £900,000 – Holy cow!
A Holstein Cow named Miss Missy once was sold for $1.2m. Winner of the 2009 Western Fall National Show North America’s Grand Champion title, this was indeed a coveted cow. Not your average sort of pet, it’s hard to imagine having her curl up on your lap watching Eastenders and as for the litter tray…
1. £38m – Horses for courses?
For the price of an premiership footballer, you could buy the most expensive horse in the world. This is no Mr Ed, the horse is, of course, a racing animal with Fusaichi Pegasus (as it is named) fetching $60m in 2000. A winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2000, it’s no wonder the price is so high with the prize money for that race alone earning $1.2m and the value of the winner shoots up past $10m – so you can imagine the breeding prestige associated although Fusaichi Pegasus is generally considered a disappointment as a stallion. Maybe stick with a retired horse in a local field that will provide a lot of joy for the kids and is likely to set you back less than a £1,000.