Weirdest Animals People Tried to Domesticate


Raccoons are in 15th place because we'd totally keep one as a pet if getting bit by a rabid trash panda were not a distinct possibility.


Unlike domesticated raccoons, domesticated foxes do exist. But they're solid evidence for why not all animals should be domesticated, even if they can be.


Domesticated skunks have their scent glands removed as babies. It's not painful to the skunk, but it leaves them devoid of defense mechanisms if they decide to escape.


For all of their resemblance to dogs, dingoes are not dogs. Dingoes are the only native Australian dog, and they're unique from every other member of the canine family.


Coyotes are relatives of dogs, close enough that it's possible for the two species to interbreed. 


Zebras fall in 10th place on this list because we can see why someone might want to domesticate them.


Bonobos are related to chimpanzees, but most of them are not tamed. Even though we didn't mean to, bonobos have become very much like domesticated animals.


If you thought bonobos were bad, wait until you hear about chimps.


Wallaroos are small versions of kangaroos. They take up much less space than kangaroos, but they can still weigh up to 100 pounds.


Domesticating a horse is logical because they're relatively non-threatening, and domesticating them came with obvious transportation benefits.


Elephants are gentle giants, so it's easy to see why people are entranced by them.

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