From Mike Tyson’s tigers to Leonardo DiCaprio’s tortoise — Hollywood celebs own pets that cost them vast sums of money
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tortoise — $400Although Leonardo DiCaprio’s tortoise only set him back a cool $400 (a mere drop in the ocean for Hollywood heavyweights), the animals are known to live as long as 100 years — so it’s more of an investment in time than one of money. Leo’s Sulcata tortoise can grow as big as 200 pounds and is expected to live for another 80 years, making it probably the longest and most successful relationship Leo’s ever had.
Mike Tyson, 3 Royal Bengal Tigers — $4,000 a month The world’s most famous boxer, Mike Tyson is also known for his unusual pet choices. As well as being a lover of pigeons, he also once owned three Royal Bengal tigers; two girls named Kenya and Storm and a male named Boris. You might even recognise one of them from a starring role in The Hangover in 2009. The tigers cost him $4000 a month just on their upkeep and sadly, when it turned out Tyson didn’t have a proper license for owning the tigers, they were sent to a refugee in Colorado to live out their days away from the Hollywood spotlight.
Nicolas Cage, Octopus — $150,000 A truly difficult — not to mention unusual — pet to own, octopi are anti-social, potentially poisonous and you can’t even give them a hug. However, none of this stopped Nicolas Cage, and the actor picked up an octopus to call his very own for a smooth $150,000. Interestingly, Cage claims the octopus and his other exotic pets help him with his acting skills.
Michael Jackson, Chimpanzee — $65,000 Once upon a time, Michael Jackson was never seen without his pet chimpanzee Bubbles tagging far behind him. During the Bad world tour, MJ even took Bubbles with him to Japan where they both enjoyed a cup of tea with the Mayor of Osaka. Technically, the late MJ didn’t spend a penny on his beloved Bubbles, adopting him in 1985 from a cancer research clinic. But if you fancy owning your own chimpanzee pet, you’ll be shelling out an impressive $65,000 to make the dream come true. It’s certainly not chimp change.
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Sources: India Times | All Things Michael