Last week I wrote about an exotic animal on the loose in that's where we'll start.

Did you know you can own a kangaroo in Wisconsin? It's true. And I KNOW it's true because Franklin, Wisconsin was hopping Tuesday with news of a loose kanga!


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal says a resident of Franklin owns the kangaroo,

According to city ordinances, there is a two-animal limit on dogs, cats or tiny horses. City ordinances don't mention kangaroos. In fact, there is no state law requiring a permit to own a kangaroo. It's up to local governments to regulate kangaroos in their communities. (Keep reading on Y-105FM here)

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MINNESOTA - The African Crested Porcupine

Do you want a porcupine? This is the kind you can have in Minnesota (not 100% sure I have the correct breed in the picture, but it looks kinda close). Wikipedia says they seldom climb trees, they roam around at night, and are monogamous. Sure, they'll release their quills if they get really mad, but it'll stamp its feet first. A porcu-tantrum? Speaking of tantrums, baby porcupines are PORCUPETTES! Isn't that adorable?

Flo The Skunk Arrives At Edinburgh Zoo
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IOWA - The Skunk

If you want a skunk as a pet in Iowa, you'll have to get a permit, follow all the rules, and make sure the skunk has a tracking device. Also, best to practice your Skunky Sweet talk. According to this source, you can play with a baby skunk, but remember, as they come toward you, "...they will be looking you straight in the eyes, while aiming, with tail raised high, their potent "weapon" directly at your eyes is better to avoid playing rough with baby skunks."

That's totally cat like. They'll stare you down as they knock the dish over the edge of the counter. Do you really need a cat that can make you smell for weeks?

Lynx Cubs At The Highland Wildlife Park Are Fed In Their Enclosure
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North Dakota - The Russian Lynx

According to, "Russian lynx, along with emu, ostrich, ranch foxes, ferrets, and others, are considered to be domesticated and "alternative livestock."" I assume that means you'll need a record player for their Nirvana albums. Which'll be quiet an investment, so it's good no license requirement exists.

Desert Storm Brings Snow but Leaves Skies Blue
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South Dakota - Coyotes

It'll take a permit, but sure, you can welcome a coyote to come live with you. Especially if you dig hosting "get to know me" parties of 7 coyotes. You supply the music, light snacks, and cocktails. Probably not beer, hard for them to open the bottles. You'll only need one bouncer, as the dudes don't From WIKI -

A single female in heat can attract up to seven reproductive males, which can follow her for as long as a month. Although some squabbling may occur among the males, once the female has selected a mate and copulates, the rejected males do not intervene, and move on.

You can also own an African Elephant, but the litter box is killer! (Source)

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