Pets for Xbox Live Avatars today

Monkey! Bird! Pony! Snake! Goldfish.

Microsoft is unleashing pets on the Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace today.

They'll cost 240 MSP (2/2.80) each and the first batch will consist of a Large Dog, Pug Dog, Dog in Bag, Cat, Siamese Cat, Long Haired Cat, Goldfish, Guinea Pig, Monkey, Bird, Snake and Pony.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb offered pictures of the living accessories on his blog.

As with other items on the Avatar Marketplace, some companies will offer exclusive goods. Square Enix, for example, is dishing out Chocobo pets to its Twitter followers.

Judging by those pictures, Avatars will be able to play with their pets, but that's all we can glean so far.

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