Top 10 Peculiar Pets

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Native to Australia, the wallaby is a marsupial like its cousin the kangaroo. It can grow up to 41 inches (104 centimeters) in length and weigh up to 53 pounds (24 kilograms). It might be really cute, but the wallaby is also a fast jumper and needs a lot of space to hop around at high speeds.

Caring for This Pet

Wallabys are timid animals that require a lot of open space and diets rich in grass, leaves and some fruits, such as apples. They are great escape artists, and regular privacy fences are no match for them. According to the Australia Marsupial Society (AMS), you'll need fencing that's at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) or taller and has additional containment structures, like chains, along the bottom half to keep them from going under the fence, too. Wallabies are social animals, so it's best to own a pair.

Is This Pet Right for You?

The wallaby typically doesn't make a good pet for most people. A normal backyard isn't going to be enough space for a wallaby to roam, and the expense associated with providing the necessary fencing could be too much for many. According to the AMS, these animals do not house-train easily, and they are generally nocturnal, which could mean sleepless nights for you and your family. Families looking to bring a wallaby into their homes should seriously consider the financial implications and commitment before purchasing or adopting a wallaby.

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