There was a time when rich people would be giraffes. Remember Gladiator, when the guy was miffed beacuse he was sold giraffes that wouldn't breed? A lot of upper class people had manageries. So did royalty.
Not that I'm supporting it or anything. Just thought I would point out the historical angle on it. I'm sure one or two people do own such exotic animals. Can anyone say Sigfreid and Roy?