Unreal Estate: News You Won't Believe

Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate. This week it's critters galore, with stories about pet skunks, mistreated monkeys, and community crackdowns on dog poop.

One skunk we could understand -- maybe. But 15? One couple has a soft spot for the striped critters, running a defacto rehabilitation center for neglected pet skunks in their Florida home. Currently they're fostering more than a dozen. Lucky for the neighbors, these skunks don't spray: They were "descented" at an early age. For a look at the skunks performing cute antics, check out the video at msnbc.com.

Not all alternative pets have it so lucky. The Huffington Post reports that a suburban Chicago woman is facing legal action for mistreating her two Capuchin monkeys, which she kept in birdcages without food or water. She is charged with multiple counts of neglect and two counts of "possession of a dangerous animal."

And now for something completely different: Management of an apartment building in the Village of Abacoa, Fla., is taking a radical approach to tackling felonious feces by requiring dog owners to have their pet's "genetic footprint" recorded, reports the Sun Sentinel. When superintendents spot poop in banned areas, they identify the canine culprit through its genetic signature and force the owner to pay a hefty fine. In a growing countrywide crackdown on dog poop, this is the latest instance of property managers using this method to track down violators.

Hopefully, that sort of hard-line enforcement doesn't lead any tenants to lose it on their property managers. After all, incidents like that can turn fatal for real estate professionals, according to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, violence was the leading cause of death for real estate professionals in 2009. Inman News reports that 24 of 52 workplace deaths were attributed to "assaults or violent acts" and the deaths included assaults by others, self-inflicted injury,and attacks by animals. On another morbid note, our friends at Curbed spotted a floor stain on one listing photo which looks just like a dead body. The Raleigh, N.C. listing describes the house as an "investor's dream" which "needs major work." We agree more with the second assertion.

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Pepe Le Pew.

July 03 2011 at 5:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikie walker

my brother has two skunks and they are awesome .they are smart and cleane. and eat like crazy.

July 03 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are skunks native to South florida? I've been here 23 years & have yet to see one, yet up north where I grew up, I used to always see them every summer without fail!

July 02 2011 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They must be a bunch of republicans hiding out and doing what they do best, causing a stink.

July 02 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to obamathegreat235's comment
George R. Horn

Another of the morons that have to make things political. Too bad you can't get the job done correctly.

July 03 2011 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lets hope that woman who kept the monkeys in a bird cage without water and food is sentenced to life in a 2x2 cell without water and food, not to mention love. But no, she will get off with a 500$ fine ,because the laws are not harsh enough for these monsters.They should have to be trailed just like child molsters.

July 02 2011 at 10:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

so what's the big deal? someone is fostering descented neglected or abused skunks because some retards thought it was "cool" to own them. they ARE very intelligent pets and can be trained to do many things. i'm sure they are much more intelligent than their "owners" which leads to many animals being turned into a rescue situation. that is why so many border collies are surrended. maybe everyone who is even thinking about adopting a certain pet should be submitted to an intelligence test. if you are less intelligent than the proposed pet's intelligence level, then,.... "thanks for playing!" i'm sure this would be true of more than 85% of the american population today. stick with golden retrievers. their slavish, mindless devotion and their willingness to repeat something over and over, and their exhibition of brainlessness which would lead them to go over a cliff after a ball puts them right in line with most "soccer mom" families in today's society. don't get skunks, don't get pigs, and certainly do not get border collies. you are WAY outclassed by these animals.

July 02 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jean's comment

No one was talking about border collies or pet intelligence. By your statements I do wonder about your intelligence, though.

July 02 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I am am animal lover & think that these little critters are adorable! unfortunately not all have such a good ending as the rest of the artical explains :(

July 02 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Taledon4's comment

If your pet typed this, please have them brush up on the old spelling skills OK..........................???????

July 03 2011 at 5:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

15 skunks isn't nearly as smelly or filthy as 1 illegal alien from south of the border.

July 02 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gposner31's comment

Getting real sick of mean comments. Why bring illegal aliens into this? {and before you say anything, I am not an illegal alien, I do not know any illegal aliens, and whatever other mean thing you are thinking about posting, it's not true} Back to the paragraph. Glad they descented them. Title of the article is misleading, though.

July 02 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ilea30s's comment

Oops. I meant back to the article, not the paragraph.

July 02 2011 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Skunks are about the best little pets in the world! They have a great disposition, they are fun, affectionate, and cute as heck.

July 02 2011 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to PowellTreeCare's comment

actually you are wrong, they sllep all day and are up all nite and like racoons need to roam. set them free, they don't belong in cages and will get into all sorts of mischief during the nite when you are trying to sleep thats why they dont make good pets.

July 02 2011 at 8:59 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to gposner31's comment

hhmm, this sound like my lazy 18 year old son, minus the cages! LMBO

July 02 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down

These people live with the skunks. I doubt that they need any advice from you on what skunks do and when they do it.

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