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Surprising Pets

Dogs, cats, and birds make great pets, but what about some more...unusual animal companions? Can you imagine having a lizard for a pet? What about keeping bees at your house?

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What is the most surprising animal you would want to have as a pet?

Content Note

One of today’s videos shows wild animals being kept as pets. Please remind your campers that these are special circumstances and wild animals should not normally live in homes as pets.


est. 25 min

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10 Unusual Pets

Do you think snakes can be cuddly? What about a beaver? These pet owners seem to think so.

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Beeee a Beekeeper

Bees are so important for our food and environment. Did you know that some people, called beekeepers, have bee hives right at their homes, even in the city? Check out how these city bees make honey.

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Your Animal Family

Animals can become members of our families. Here are some animals that make great pet friends—and surprise! They’re not all dogs and cats!

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Rollin’ Wild

Can you imagine if all animals were… round? In this video by Rollin’ Wild, check out what would happen if every animal from a giraffe to a mouse could roll like a ball.


est. 15 min

Sculpt a Silly Pet

Would you keep a lizard in your house? What about a prickly porcupine? Use Play Doh to craft the silliest pets you can imagine. Think about all the things you would do to take care of them! Build a house for them out of blocks too, if you want.

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est. 5 min

I Want a Monkey!

Who doesn’t want a monkey as a pet? Listen along to this story by Daniel Errico about a kid who wants all the silliest pets in the world.


est. 10 min

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Barnyard Dancing

Let’s get moving to B-I-N-G-O and more.