The students aren't interested in the class pet logistics, mind you. ("Who's going to clean up the poop?" "Oh, Mrs. Taylor, don't worry about that. We can take it outside like a dog.") They're interested in 1. how cute the animal is and 2. if we can get it NOW.
By the way, I go on maternity leave in late-February/early-March. Responsibility for a class pet would set any reasonable substitute over the edge.
Regardless, here's the current front runner:
|This is called an Emperor tamarin|
Granted, this little guy or gal is pretty darn cute. The children aptly pointed out that the mustache makes it look thoughtful and intelligent. But here's my practical, boring grown-up question: are people are even ALLOWED to have these cuties as pets?
Here's some information I found: from the BBC, from a university, from the San Francisco Zoo, and from a news site that reported an Emperor tamarin theft.
QUESTIONS: Based on all of that information, is this an appropriate class pet? Tell me what you think (based on knowledge. Ahem), including info from one or more articles to support your thinking. Then, if you no longer think an Emperor tamarin would be an appropriate pet, tell me what pet would be more appropriate and why.