Re: Non traditional pets
I was raised a country kid, if I could catch it I would try to make a pet of it. Had several pet raccoons, fun but destructive, a couple of possums (boring), a pet ground hog (also kind of boring). Had a pet flying squirrel, we were out spot lighting one night hunting with blow guns (yes, blow guns ordered from Field & Stream) and I shot at what I thought was a regular squirrel until it came out of the tree, I barely nicked it and was able to catch it and make a pet out of it. It never did get friendly though, wonder why.
I had a pet snapping turtle. As kids we were always playing in the swamp catching things, I reached down to see what the big hump was I stepped on and the damn thing took a chunk of skin out of my hand, luckily she didn't get a good bite. I took it home and kept it in a giant water trough we had for cattle, it loved to have it's necked scratched, it acted like a cat and would push up on all four legs and stick it's neck way out to be scratched.
Tried to make a pet out of a barn owl, took all day to catch that thing and after having it a couple days my dad made me let it go. Had a pet Sparrow hawk, that was cool but when I let it go it didn't come back.
My kids have had pet raccoons, pet wild turkey, pet chipmunks,(don't let them get loose in the house!), wild rabbits, and a pet red fox (is not like a dog at all).
We had a beaver walk out of the creek along our driveway and come into our garage, my daughter wanted to keep it and try to make a pet out of it but I wouldn't let her simple because I didn't want to have to build an enclosure for it!