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One of the major draws of keeping either a wallaby or a wallaroo as a pet is their exotic nature. At the same time, however, that can be considered a drawback.
Pros of Wallaby and Wallaroo as Pets
- If properly socialized, can be very friendly
- Can be trained to follow simple commands
- Commercial diets are available for easy feeding
- Are often very affectionate with humans, form strong bonds
- Unique pets, always entertaining to have around
- Joeys can be hand-raised on formula
- Very gentle by nature, especially if properly socialized around humans
Cons of Wallabies and Wallaroos as Pets
- Depending on species, can grow fairly large
- Can become mischievous, may do some damage if not properly supervised
- Require a significant amount of space– a fenced pen or pasture is necessary
- Can be very expensive to purchase and keep compared to other pets
- Some species are nocturnal, may not be very active during the day