Oddities

Some Argentines turn to unusual pandemic pets for comfort

Lorena Alvarez holds some of her 28 pet “petauros,” or sugar gliders, for which she has a permit, at her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. “I get up and I live for them. They are my engine of struggle and of life,” she said of the animals that scamper over her looking to be petted, or leap and glide down to the floor. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) NAT308 NAT308

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat, but some in Argentina have gone beyond the usual pets, with pigs, geckos, a horse, even 60 spiders. Sugar gliders? They're fun when they pop up in Zoom meetings. VIEW

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