Anyone have any non traditional pets that they love?
Not currently, but when I was a kid we had pet crows a couple times. (They'd fallen out of their nests and we took them home and fed them bread and milk 'till they got bigger.)
As an adult I had another bird that my step daughter brought home but lost interest in. Ironically, I'm really not a bird person, but when one of the kids let it out of its cage and a mongoose ate it, I was devastated. We also had chickens, duck, geese and a goat growing up, some of which were like pets. Until we ate them. OK, we didn't actually eat the ones that reached pet status. Like Freddy the rooster. Actually, I think we did eat him, but only because the dog, his best friend, accidentally snapped his neck while playing with him. But chatterbox the rooster? He was MEAN. And I was happy to change his name to stew pot and dig in. The geese were mean too! I don't remember their fate. Mrs. Duck? She was also best friends with the dog (that accidentally killed the rooster) and she would sleep with her and eat dog food from her bowl with her.
ETA - there was also the goat when I was a teen. My brother loved him too until he ate the buds off the top of his pot plants that he planted in the back pasture where the goat stayed... Goats are VERY social and he was very lonely back there. It was really heart breaking, I'd bring him up by the house and give him attention, but he was insatiable, never wanted to leave. I don't plan on having farm animals again but if I ever did get goats, I'd get at least two.
Other than that we caught and kept snakes as pets for a bit, but while I found them interesting, I wouldn't say I loved them.