Celebrities and their unusual pets

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a tiger? Maybe you've stared in awe at the animals in the zoo, wishing you could take one home. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Miley Cyrus, these celebrities have owned some of the most unusual and exotic animals in the world...as pets.

Justin Bieber

While spending time in Germany in 2013, Justin
(Credit: Justin Bieber via Instagram )

While spending time in Germany in 2013, Justin Bieber received a Capuchin monkey named Mally as a birthday gift. Due to German laws regarding exotic animals, the animal was seized by customs, and Bieber was unable to leave the country with his new pet. According to people.com, the singer was given ample time to produce appropriate paperwork to retrieve the monkey but never came forward, so German authorities demanded $8,000 in fines to transport Mally to a zoo. The primate now resides at Serengeti Park in Copenhagen.

Mike Tyson

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has a penchant for
(Credit: AP / Lennox Mclendon)

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has a penchant for exotic animals and reportedly spent $4,000 a month to care for his three white Bengal tigers before declaring bankruptcy in 2003. Tyson, left, leaves the Golden Gloves Gym with Kenya, his pet tiger, on Oct. 30, 1995.

Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren

According to E! News, after a trip to
(Credit: melanie_griffith57 via Instagram )

According to E! News, after a trip to Africa, Griffith's mother, Tippi Hedren, and stepfather, Noel Marshall, made a film about large felines such as lions, leopards and tigers. An animal trainer persuaded the pair to house a 400-pound male lion named Neil to gain a deeper understanding about the species. In 1971, LIFE Magazine featured photos of the family interacting with Neil as if he were an ordinary member of the family, including shots of him sleeping in bed with daughter Melanie and swimming in the pool. Hedren has been an advocate for both large and small cats for decades and developed the Roar Foundation and the Shambala Preserve animal sanctuary in California.

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George Clooney

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney owned a pot-bellied pig
(Credit: George Clooney photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Pot-bellied pig photo: AP)

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney owned a pot-bellied pig named Max for 18 years -- and often even slept with him. Clooney bought Max for then-girlfriend Kelly Preston, and told CBS News that "pigs are really smart. And he was funny, and he made me laugh. But they're work, because they'll destroy everything if you let them."

Paris Hilton

Tinkerbell isn't the only famous pet Paris Hilton
(Credit: Paris Hilton photo: Getty Images / Monica Schipper; Kinkajou photo: Craig Ruttle)

Tinkerbell isn't the only famous pet Paris Hilton has had over the years: the socialite once owned a kinkajou named Baby Luv. But their relationship soured when the pet bit Hilton on the arm during a play session. Hilton went to the emergency room soon after, where she had the wound cleaned and received a tetanus shot.

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop owned a pet chimpanzee
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The King of Pop owned a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles that made many public appearances with the star during his "Bad" tour in the 1980s. Bubbles slept in a crib in the singer's bedroom and even drank tea with the Mayor of Osaka, Japan. Bubbles has since retired from the spotlight and now lives happily at The Center for Great Apes, an animal sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida.

Miley Cyrus

Among her many traditional pets, singer Miley Cyrus
(Credit: Miley Cyrus via Instagram )

Among her many traditional pets, singer Miley Cyrus also has a pet pig originally named Bubba Sue. Cyrus later announced on Instagram that she changed her swine's name to Pig, aka pig pig.

Elvis Presley

In 1957, the King of Rock and Roll
(Credit: Elvis Presley photo: AP; Kangaroo photo: AFP / Getty Images)

In 1957, the King of Rock and Roll was given a pet wallaby, and he later donated the animal to the Memphis Zoo to ensure it received the care it needed.

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Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion zoo

The Playboy mansion is one of the only
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The Playboy mansion is one of the only residential properties in America with a zoo license. Hugh Hefner's wife, told the Hollywood Reporter that it has a squirrel monkey cage on the grounds that holds over 100 monkeys. The zoo is home to three types of monkeys, along with dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians and over 100 species of birds, including peacocks, African cranes, parrots and more. Pictured is one of Hugh Hefner's previous girlfriends, Holly Madison, feeding monkeys at the private zoo during a guided tour of the mansion in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2006.

Leonardo DiCaprio

In 2010, while attending the North American Reptile
(Credit: Leonardo DiCaprio photo: AP; Sulcata tortoise photo: Seyllou Diallo / AFP / Getty Images)

In 2010, while attending the North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, California, Leonardo DiCaprio purchased a 45-pound, 7-year-old African spurred tortoise for the asking price of $400.

Reese Witherspoon

The actress owns numerous animals including Pepper, a
(Credit: Reese Witherspoon: AP / Jordan Strauss; donkey photo: J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The actress owns numerous animals including Pepper, a French bulldog; Hank, a chocolate lab; Lou Ann, a bull terrier; and Honky and Tonky, donkeys.

Slash

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is a
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Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is a longtime fan of reptiles and owns a variety of snakes and Burmese pythons. Slash helped Bob Irwin officially launch the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization focusing on wildlife conservation.

Steven Tyler

Singer Steven Tyler told David Letterman in an
(Credit: Steven Tyler photo: Getty Images / Mike Coppola; Raccoon by Patrick Pleul / AFP / Getty Images)

Singer Steven Tyler told David Letterman in an interview that while growing up in Yonkers he bought a pet raccoon and would often put him on his shoulders and take him fishing.

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Tyga

Rapper Tyga used to own a tiger named
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Rapper Tyga used to own a tiger named Maverick that he frequently showed off on social media. According to TMZ, the rapper faced potential criminal charges for owning the exotic animal, but avoided fines when Maverick was sent to Lions, Tigers & Bears, a non-profit rescue group in Southern California.

Audrey Hepburn

The legendary star owned a pet deer named
(Credit: Audrey Hepburn photo by AP/ Fawn photo by PATRICK SEEGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The legendary star owned a pet deer named Pippin, which she began taking care of when they co-stared in the 1959 film "Green Mansions."

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

The couple raises alpacas on their farm in
(Credit: Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban by Getty Images/ Mike /Alpaca photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The couple raises alpacas on their farm in Nashville, and in 2010, Kidman told Conan O'Brien on his late-night talk show that they always wanted a mix of weird animals, and eventually want to own some snakes.

Salvador Dali

Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali owned two exotic
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Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali owned two exotic animals during his lifetime, including an ocelot and an anteater. Pictured, Dali arrives in New York on Dec. 19, 1968, accompanied by his pet ocelot, "Babu," which he described as "very gentle."

Kirstie Alley

The actress owns 14 ring-tailed lemurs, and told
(Credit: Kirstie Alley via Instagram)

The actress owns 14 ring-tailed lemurs, and told people.com that she has full-time animal caretakers for the exotic creatures.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling and family are pictured with a
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Tori Spelling and family are pictured with a new addition, a mini-pig named Nutmeg. Spelling, an avid animal lover, also owns a Silkie chicken named Coco, which she often features on social media.

Siegfried and Roy

Magicians and entertainers Siegfried and Roy are best
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Magicians and entertainers Siegfried and Roy are best known for their stage theatrics involving white lions and tigers. The duo have pet tigers of their own and have been on a mission to conserve and protect these animals from extinction. In 2003, during a show at the Mirage casino in Las Vegas, Roy was bitten on the neck by a white tiger named Montecore.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart's affinity for wolves goes beyond the
(Credit: Kristen Stewart photo: Getty Images / Nicholas Hunt; Wolf: AP / Dawn Villella)

Kristen Stewart's affinity for wolves goes beyond the "Twilight" series -- the actress owns four wolf-hybrids named Jack, Lily, Tommy and Lola. "They're not pets; they're more like companions," she told US Weekly. "They're loyal, they're big, they're completely socialized, they're licensed, they're legal for me to have them, and I love them!"

Grace Coolidge

Grace Coolidge, wife of the 30th president of
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Grace Coolidge, wife of the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, holds the family's pet raccoon, Rebecca. The former first lady often walked the animal around on a leash.

Vanilla Ice

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, once
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Robert Matthew Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, once owned a pet wallaroo named Bucky and a goat named Pancho, which escaped together from the rapper's grandmother-in-law's home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The breakout, which occurred after Ice's children forgot to latch a gate, resulted in a $220 fine and an order to obtain permits to own the animals.

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