When Michael Ruffin learned he had been traded from the Chicago Bulls last month, he and his wife, Mistye, rounded up their four children, packed enough clothes and belongings to get through the season and grabbed their jar of yet-to-hatch crescent gecko eggs before heading to Portland.
All of this after they found temporary homes for their bearded dragon, African spur-thigh tortoise, tarantula, three dogs, corn snake, hamster and ferrets...
...Over the years, Ruffin's animal collection has been so extensive he can't remember how many "pets" he's actually owned. But his best guess is roughly 100.
There have been hedgehogs, African bullfrogs, countless snakes -- including boa constrictors and pythons -- a wide array of lizards, salamanders and chameleons. There have been caimans (small crocodiles), unusual fish, and dozens of more ordinary animals, such as dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and hamsters.
The most exotic creature Ruffin has owned is a coatimundi, a type of raccoon from Central America, which he eventually donated to the Denver Zoo. He's also owned a few African spur-thighed tortoises, bearded dragons and tarantulas.
Ruffrider is DOCTOR DOOLITTLE!!!
All those animals but did you notice: no squirrels?!!!! As we have reported here many times Mike Ruffin only fears one thing in gods kingdom and that is the squirrel. He is terrified of them. Even at his wedding he couldn't stop thinking about squirrel attacks!
It is interesting that he loves other animals so much but hates the squirrel. Maybe this is classic overcompensation: he is hiding from his fears of one animal by surrounding himself by other, less deadly animalia? or maybe he is doing an experiment to show mankind what a divine exotic natural uptopia would exist on this earth if we eradicated the predator squirrel. OR MAYBE MICHAEL RUFFIN IS BUILDING AN ARK, OMG HE IS GOING TO BUILD AN ARK for THE END OF DAYS!!!! I need to get me a couple giant ferret suits to be part of the new surviver race!!!!