The Pets Of Ancient Egypt

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Although it’s only in the last century or so that the language of the Ancient Egyptians has been translated, it’s obvious from their hieroglyphic writings that, just like us, animals played an important part of their daily lives. Here are some of the more exotic kinds they may have kept as pets. You know, before they went to the dogs and all…
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Fish

Fish, of course, make wonderful ‘pets’ if you’re not bored watching them swim around a tank looking for a way out. The real joy, of course, is when it’s finally time to fry them up for dinner…
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Falcons

Falcons make great pets, no matter the historical epoch you’re in. And, if you don’t mind losing one of your “thumbworms”…
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Mongoose

This one threw us for a loop. Not because a single Mongoose can be trained as a pet. It’s whether or not the Egyptians had a hieroglyph for a flock. Did they call them Mongeese? Mongooses? It’ll probably always remain a vexing mystery…
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Gazelle

Gazelle are like deer. And, even today some people swear the deer who nose around their doorways are like gentle, giant dogs. Until the rutting season…
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Hippos

Hippos can be friendly to humans and some have made docile pets, so long as plenty of green leaf vegetables are on hand. And, what better place than a desert to find plenty of cabbage and lettuce? We call this one BS…
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Crocodiles

It’s a proven fact that reptiles cannot be trained and, given the chance, will actually try to eat anyone attempting to do so. But, the story of having wild, wrinkly old crocodiles as pets may not be so apocryphal. Have you caught a glimpse of Hugh Hefner lately?
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Baboons

It’s hard to imagine having a baboon for a pet, but the Ancient Egyptians were some wily Mofos back in the day. Still, even a wild primate can be tamed with the promise of a ripe banana, even if just for a moment. And, especially if it comes from ‘Mummy’…
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Dogs

Dogs have been Man’s Best Friend for thousands of years and, apparently, it was no different for the Ancient Egyptians. And, as this depiction shows, taking them all for a walk was just as hairy then as it is now…
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Cats

In one Egyptian tomb fit for a Queen, 1,000 mummified cats were found laid at her feet and ready to share the afterlife. And you thought that woman a few houses down was a Crazy Cat Lady…
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