Would you ever get one of these?
Chinchillas are like big, fuzzy, guinea pigs — if guinea pigs had endless energy and destroyed everything in sight. You can have one in basically any state in the U.S. without a license, so long as you buy it legally, but you’ve got to be experienced and prepared.
They’re restless, excitable, and easily bored if they’re not being entertained. They also don’t like cuddling, despite the fact that they look like stuffed animals. They also can’t get wet, need constant dental care (their teeth keep growing forever), and can’t effectively control their own body temperature.
They are really cute though.
Kinkajous are undeniably cute. If you have the space and some experience with exotic animals, they might me an okay pet choice for you. They hail from Central/South America and are related to raccoons, despite looking and acting like monkeys.
They need a large, outdoor enclosure (when it’s warm out) with plenty of places to climb. They have been called friendly, playful, and docile, but they can get aggressive and have sharp nails, so it’s important that you only keep a kinkajou as a pet if you are experienced in caring for exotic animals.
While it’s hard to say for sure which states allow kinkajous specifically (as they’re very exotic pets), but if you’re interested in getting one, you can look into the laws in your state/city or county.
If you’re into birds and showing how much money you have, then a hyacinth macaw might be a good choice for you. These birds are massive, smart, strong, and easily trained — so long as you start young to prevent them from hurting someone with their sharp beak down the line.
Unfortunately, these colorful birds are endangered which makes them extremely expensive ($10,000 or more), but you’re still allowed to own them in most states and countries, as long as they are acquired legally. So, if you’ve got money to burn and the time and means to provide all the special care a macaw needs for the next 60 years, then you’re free to own one.