The Most Expensive Animals In The World

The Most Expensive Animals In The World

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– [Narrator] Anyone with a pet can tell you that animals aren’t cheap. All animals cost money, but
some of them cost crazy money. From albino crocodiles, to
half a million dollar dogs, here are the 10 most expensive
animals in the world. (electronic music) – Amazing! Number 10: Tibetan Mastiff. Dogs are a man’s best friend
and are priced accordingly. Pedigree breeds have long
been expensive purchases, but the Tibetan Mastiff, which sells for an average price of
$500,000, takes the biscuit, if you’ll excuse the pun. In fairness, the Tibetan Mastiff
has a lot to recommend it. Amongst the biggest dogs alive, the Tibetan Mastiff is so loyal it was traditionally used to protect flocks of farm animals from predators and took the duty pretty seriously, given the reported cases of
Tibetan Mastiffs killing tigers. That’s why they are highly prized in China where they have a very
strong cultural heritage. The market for mastiffs
in china is so large that – – get this — it’s estimated to generate around 250 to 300 million
U.S. dollars a year. To put that in perspective, that’s a tenth of the Chinese music industry, which generates an estimated $33,000,000. Then there’s Sir Lancelot
Encoreand and Cap the Sheepdog, which deserve a mention in
the expensive dogs category. Sir Lancelot looks like
a pretty average dog but the Encore in his name
alludes to the irregularity that prices him at $155,000. That’s what his owners
had to pay to clone a dog they were so fond of they
could only replace him with an exact replica. Cap the Sheepdog was a comparative steal at a mere $16,000 and was priced purely on the strength of his ability. According to his breeder, the Northern Irish
collie “is a special dog “with genuine power and has
a calming effect on sheep.” It’s fair to say that today, prices of dogs have gone through the woof! Number nine: Green Monkey. How can a monkey cost $16
million you might say? The answer is it can’t. Green Monkey is a horse and, as his price tag suggests,
no ordinary horse. Descended from prize-winning
racehorse stock, Green Monkey became the subject
of a ferocious bidding war in 2006 that ultimately drove
his price up to $16,000,000. Given that he was descended
from Kentucky Derby champions, bidders assumed that
Green Monkey would became a lucrative race-winner himself, but the horse never lived up
to expectations on the track, failing to win a single
race of significance. Oops. Then there are Arabian horses, which, at a mere $100,000 a pop, you
might consider a safer bet. Considered by many to be
the most regal horse around, Arabian horses are known for
their beauty and friendliness and are one of the oldest
known breeds of horses. A royal lineage amounts to a royal price. Number eight: Miss Missy. Cows aren’t known for their intelligence and it might be just as well they aren’t quick on the uptake. They’d watch humans fawning
over horses in the next field, brushing their tails and
galloping them around, and wonder why the only time they get any individual attention is when they’re shipped to the abattoir. Some cows get the attention they deserve and no cow has had the
same level of attention as Miss Missy, a Holstein Cow
of such prize-winning beauty. She fetched $1.2 million at auction. Miss Missy may not have a great name, but at least she has a name – you know, as opposed to only a tag
bolted through her ear with a processing number to identify her. In 2009, she even added a
distinction to her name. She is now Miss Missy, 2009
Western Fall National Show North America’s Grand Champion. If only all cows could
enjoy such a distinction. Number seven: Stag Beetle. No one, but no one, you might say, would pay any significant
amount of money for an insect. In fact, if you heard someone
say they’d shelled out a substantial amount of cash
in relation to an insect, you’d assume they were
paying pest controllers to come and gas them. Stag beetles, however,
are no ordinary insect. Their trademark antlers
and impressive scale – between two to three inches – have proven to be of such
interest to collectors that some lunatic –
sorry, beetle enthusiast – paid the princely sum of $89,000
to purchase a stag beetle. Let’s hope it never
escaped from its enclosure. Imagine feeling that unique
combination of crunch and squish beneath your shoes and realizing you had 100 grand worth of
dead beetle on your sole. Number six: Palm Cockatoo. Birds have plenty of fans. Given the popularity of
bird watching worldwide, it’s perhaps not too much of a surprise that people are willing
to shell out thousands for some of the most
colorful birds around. The palm cockatoo is the
world’s most valuable bird – – no mean achievement
given that there are around 10,000 types of birds in the world. The cockatoo’s curved beak, large crest and the distinctive red mark on its head are among the features that earn it an average price of $16,000 and make it such a
treasure for enthusiasts. There’s the Hyacinth Macawalso,
which also has its admirers. The world’s biggest flying parrot attracts an average price of $14,000 and has a beak so strong it
can crack coconut shells. Perhaps best to admire it
from a safe distance then. Toucan’s don’t do too
badly in the market either. Their beautiful, multi-coloured beaks, infused with the tropical
splendor of the jungle, help them fetch prices of up to $8,000. Number five: De Brazza’s Monkey. De Brazza’s Monkey, also
known as swamp monkeys, are curious looking characters. A snowy, Santa Claus beard dominates the lower part of their face. They’ve also got a quiff
that crowns their head, which wouldn’t look out of
place in a hair gel commercial. The monkeys can be found in
the wetlands of Central Africa, if you’re good at hide and seek, that is. These monkeys are one of the most elusive simians around and
rarely venture out of cover. Perhaps that’s why they cost between seven and 10 thousand dollars. Chimpanzee’s are even more expensive. You can expect to shell
out more than $60,000 for an animal that shares
98% of its DNA with humans, but be wary of joining
those who think that genetic affinity amounts to
the guarantee of a good pet — there are numerous reported cases of chimps savagely attacking their owners. Number four: White Lion Cubs. Lions are known as the
kings of the animal world, so you’d expect them
to cost a pretty penny. If you’d like to own a white lions, the rarest and most beautiful lions around (there are only 300 in the whole world) so obviously you can
expect to pay even more. White lion cubs are worth an
estimated $140,000 dollars. Many will question why
you’d want to own something that will grow up and try to eat you, but they obviously haven’t seen
pictures of white lion cubs. Is there anything cuter? If you’re feeling more sensible and still have 50 grand to spare, why not plump for a Savannah cat to fulfil your need for feline company? Often compared to dogs
due to their friendliness, Savannah cats should make
for a less dangerous pet. There are also Ashera cats
with the price to match. $15,000 to $100,000 is a typical price you’d pay for one of these. Let’s hope you get the
affection you’ve paid for. Number three: Pandas. Pandas are the poster child for endangered species worldwide. Looking at their big wide
eyes and cuddly toy fur would make anyone lament
humankind’s destructive impact on animal habitats, even though panda numbers are partially
threatened because they can’t be bothered having sex. Pandas are so valuable China
have been known to use them as sweeteners for trade deals. There you were thinking China was the fastest-growing
economy in the world due to its booming population and ability to manufacture products. Actually, they’re raking in the
bucks by renting out pandas. Worldwide zoos pay millions
a year to rent pandas. San Diego Zoo alone has paid $46,000,000 for pandas since 1996. That equates to over half a million a year to rend out a pair of pandas. Perhaps pandas will be floated
on the stock market next. Number two: Texel rams. Herd animals rarely get
the attention they deserve. Sheep, like cows, spend
most of their life crowded into a field, left to get
on with the serious business of eating as much grass as it takes to get fat enough for slaughter. Some sheep are so special, however, that they can’t help but stand out. Deveronvale Perfection, a texel ram, fetched almost £250,000 in 2009 when he was purchased by
Scottish farmer Jimmy Douglas at an auction in Lanark. Remarkably, it’s been suggested that Douglas will turn a
profit on the transaction. John Yates of the Texel Sheep
Society pointed out that a texel ram called Tophill Joe had earned £1,000,000 in stud fees. “A lot of people see these
animals as lamb chops,” Yates said, “but these flocks are “at the top of the genetic pile. “This was the elite
animal that stood out.” Number one: Albino Reptiles. People seem to have a
thing for albino reptiles. For example a white, albino snake with yellow scales and red eyes. No, $40,000 isn’t how
much you’d pay someone to keep the lavender albino ball python as far away from you as possible, it’s how much people are
prepared to pay for rare snakes that appear as a result
of recessive genes. Then there are albino crocodiles. Crocodiles are pretty
chilling at the best of times, those primeval eyes rising above the water like periscopes to pick out their prey, but pale crocs are even more terrifying. If someone were to tell
you that Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham have a keen interest in albino crocodiles, you’d probably think they’d lost their mind, but both celebrities have
shelled out around $100,000 for the privilege of getting
close to albino crocodiles. Fashion brand Hermes
breed albino crocodiles for a very specific purpose
– making diamond encrusted crocodile skin handbags
that sell for huge prices. The record to date is a sale for £294,000 for a handbag, described by the
auction house Christie’s as, “the most desirable handbag in existence.” All of this seems a little
unfair on albino crocodiles. Perhaps if Victoria
Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and all the rest of them
want to use an animal’s skin to carry their make-up around, they should do the dirty work themselves and take up croc wrestling. There’s a reality show
that would make a mark. How much would you be prepared to pay to own one of the animals in this video? Let me know in the comments
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