A team of scientists wanted to know which animals, not traditionally pets, that might make safe, happy, friendly companions. After all, it’s not just being cute and furry that we look for in a pet. We also need to know an animal will be comfortable living with humans and that we can take care of them responsibly — all without posing risks to us or our neighbors. The five animals below were rated overall as suitable pets.
1. Sika Deer
Sika deer are found mostly in Japan, Russia, and parts of China. They typically come out at dawn and dusk and eat bamboo, grasses, and shrubs. So who knows, you might be able to talk them into doubling as lawnmowers.