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The 5 Most Expensive Animals in the World

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Apr. 14 2014, Published 1:55 p.m. ET

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Even though he got sold about a month ago, people are still talking about the Tibetian Mastiff, known as the world's most expensive dog. But before that pup sold for over a million bucks (!!!), here's other rich animals who join him in the "wealthiest animals in the world" club:

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Just this past March, a Tibetian Mastiff that looks like this one below sold for 2 million US dollars, making him the most expensive animal in the world! The breed is considered very rare in China and is considered a status symbol, which explains the hefty price tag.

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This cute little guy, who belongs to a couple in Florida, is worth over $100,000 because he's a clone! The family's original puppy died in cancer of 2008, so the owners decided to clone him, creating his predecessor, Sir Lancelot Encore.

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This cow, Miss Missy, is the most expensive one ever, worth a whopping $1.2 million. In 2009 she won the championship in one of the world's most renowned animal competitions, and her owner paid the $1.2 million to make sure the cow remained in her possession. Good call there.

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And in 2006 when still just a baby, this horse, named The Green Monkey, sold for $16 million! This horse was a descendant of two horses who won the Kentucky Derby, which means genes matter even for animals.

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A maltisse seems like a pretty typical, run-of-the-mill puppy breed, but not Trouble! This particular pooch may not cost a lot to purchase, but he was left $12 million after his owner, Leona Hemlsey, died in 2007. Leona got her fortune from her hotelier husband and left most of her millions to her pet rather than her own family!

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Did you realize that animals were worth so much money? Who's your favorite celebrity pet? Tweet us @OKMagazine.

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