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13 Weird Pets That People Dared to Keep in History

By Meera Kaushal, 23 May 2018


Most of us like to keep pets and the animals we choose are mostly dogs, cats, cows, fish and rabbits at the most. But, then there are some people who have the weirdest of choices when it comes to keeping a pet. Today, we are going to show you some of those very pets and their owners who were very proud to have them in their homes.

1Theodore Roosevelt and his Badger, Josiah


Theodore Roosevelt was on a railroad tour of the American West when a 12-year-old girl, Pearl Gorsuch gifted him a badger. Roosevelt brought it home and then gave the animal to his son, Archie. According to some people, Archie used to say that at times Josiah bit people’s legs, but never bit anyone’s face.

Theodore Roosevelt and his Badger, Josiah

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2William Howard’s Cow, Pauline


Pauline Wayne was a Holstein cow that lived in the White House, grazing the lawns during the years 1910-1913. Also known as ‘Miss Pauline’, she was the pet cow of the 27th US President, William Howard Taft. Interestingly, she was the last presidential cow that ever lived in the President’s House.

William Howard’s Cow

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3Calvin Coolidge and his Pygmy Hippo


Billy, the pygmy hippo’s journey started when he was found as a baby by Harvey Firestone, who was a millionaire mogul at that time. Billy was found in the plains of Liberia and he looked very cute, so Harvey decided to bring him home. In a short span of time, Billy grew to be almost 600 lbs and feeding him was getting a bit too expensive even for a millionaire. So, Harvey gave Billy as a gift to the President, who very readily and happily accepted the new pet.

Calvin Coolidge and his Pygmy Hippo

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4Rebecca's raccoon


What reached the White House to be part of a Thanksgiving Meal actually became a pet of the Coolidge Family. They found Rebecca the Raccoon so friendly and nice that very soon, the pet became their favorite, especially of the First Lady, Grace Coolidge. Interestingly, Rebecca even attended all the events at the White House during her stay.

Rebecca's raccoon

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