Animals have developed remarkable senses to help them adapt to their environment. Because of these heightened senses, they have become useful to humans, especially when it comes to sensing impending danger for them or guiding those with disabilities.
When it comes to service animals, a dog is the most commonly used, although the use of horses and monkeys has also been documented.
But have you heard of reptiles or pigs used as support animals by people with disabilities or health conditions? Here are some of the most unusual service animals.
#1. Potbellied Pig
The well-behave potbellied pig named Elvis is a blind teen’s service animal. Owner Alisha Doolittle has already taken the pig to a preschool and nursing home.
#2. A slithering snake.
This may make some people cringe but a man actually has a snake for a service animal. Daniel Greene gave his boa constrictor the name, Redrock, and the reptile reportedly “hugs” Greene to signal of an impending seizure.
#3. Bonnet macaque.
Debby Rose from Missouri takes Richard, a bonnet macaque, with her whenever she goes out in public. Rose suffers from agoraphobia and Richard helps her overcome it.
#4. Traveling turkey.
This turkey popped up on Twitter and Instagram after being spotted traveling on a plane. According to the Telegraph, the turkey appears to be well-behaved and good with flights.
#5. Bearded dragon.
Megan Curran suffers from depression and anxiety as a result of heavy bullying from high school. She found her emotional support from a bearded dragon named Chief.
Chief has a badge and he's working.
#6. Miniature horse.
This adorable horse serves as a guide animal for blind woman Ann Edie.
Rebecca Skloot, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, was impressed at the mini horse named Panda. Skloot told SOTT:
"I could sort of envision how a horse could guide a person. But the level at which Panda guides her is amazing. In just a few blocks, I saw her maneuver around things that I, as a person that's sighted, wouldn't have thought of."
Another reptile on the list, Skippy the Iguana offers support to its owner, Cosmie Silfa, when he falls into depression.
#7. A kangaroo
Diana Moyer and her 8-month-old kangaroo, Jimmy, got sent out of McDonald’s because–although she describes Jimmy as a therapy animal–he is not trained.
Yes, this fella right here has also been used as a therapy animal.
Although these different animals have helped their owners in some ways, only dogs are legally considered as support or service animals.
Watch This Brown Bear ‘Chill’ With An Alaskan Guy
What would you do if a wild bear sits and ‘chills’ next to you.
Bears, though popular as stuffed toys, are actually fierce in real life.
People cannot actually hug and cuddle with it in ways kids do with their teddies. No matter how furry and fluffy they look like, truth is, they are ferocious as lions.
However, we were totally left in awe after watching a video of a random bear that came out of nowhere and suddenly decided to hang out with an Alaskan camper.
It looks like the bear just got out of bed and decided to "chill." You know, just marveling at the scenery and thinking about the day ahead....
Hilarious Parrot Has An Evil Laugh Like a Super Villain
Here’s the parrot who became a YouTube celebrity because of its blood-curdling laugh.
"Of all the creatures on Earth, only two can produce human language: humans and birds. Of the few birds that can imitate human speech and sounds — including mynah birds, crows, and ravens — parrots are clearly the best at it," writes Ashley P. Taylor in her Audubon magazine article, "Why do parrots talk?"
Taylor added, "Pet parrots have all the essential conditions for picking up language — time, inspiration, and mental ability."
A YouTube user — who is identified only as Mark G. — decided to showcase such a pet to the rest of the world. His feathered friend's uncanny talent is enough to send a lot of people running. The sound that the parrot makes is reminiscent of a movie villain or some diabolical character who's out to get victims.
In the video, the parrot is first shown looking goofy — which makes its so-called "extraordinary voice talent" even more shocking. Play the video and hear it to believe it!...
Best Job Ever: Woman Hugs Baby Pandas and Gets Paid $32,000
I only have one question – where do I sign up?
The woman in the video below possibly has the coolest job in the world. What does she do for a living, you ask? Well, she works as a caretaker for baby pandas - and she has to hug them often.
Yes, there is such a job and the footage was taken at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center located in Ya’an, Sichuan Province.
According to the reports, the caretaker gets paid 200,000 yuan (or $32,000) per year. Other perks include free meals and accommodation along with SUV use.