Wildest Pets Ever Kept At The White House

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These days, it’s always a big story when the President picks The First Dog or The First Cat. But, throughout the 200 year history of the White House, there have been some pretty exotic animals roaming the grounds. And some of the most dangerous…
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Josiah The Badger: Teddy Roosevelt was given a badger as a pup, but, by the time he got the animal to the White House, he had to have it declawed and its fangs filed down. Kinda like Congress…
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Van Buren’s Tiger Cubs: The Sultan of Oman gave a pair of tiger cubs to the president which he kept in a cage until they got too big to handle safely. They were a National Zoo favorite for years after the President was forced to donate them there.
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Pauline Wayne The Holstein Cow: President William Howard Taft (a 300-pounder himself) loved his fresh eggs and milk for breakfast. So, he brought along a Holstein cow from the family farm which roamed freely on the South Lawn for years.
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Billy The Pygmy Hippo: Calvin Coolidge preferred his loyal Pygmy Hippo to any dog or cat and Billy was by his side constantly as the President went about his daily routine.
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Jefferson’s Twin Grizzly Bear Cubs: Thomas Jefferson received a pair of Grizzly cubs from Lewis & Clark, just a taste of the exotic wildlife they encountered on their legendary journey. It’s not known what ever became of them.,..
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Jonathan Edwards The Black Bear: Yep. Another of Teddy Roosevelt’s exotic pets, TR used to walk this black bear on the grounds of the White House regularly. Especially when snoopy reporters were around…
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Algonquin The Pony: When Teddy Roosevelt’s son Archie said he’d like a pony for his birthday, how could the president refuse? Algonquin was practically raised on the Front Lawn and bore the President in later years on some important occasions at the legendary address once he was fully grown.
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

Old Ike The Ram: Woodrow Wilson actually had an entire flock of sheep roaming his front lawn. Old Ike kept the flock in tow and was a fixture for years all around the grounds.
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The White House’s Most Exotic Pets

The Adams Alligator: John Quincy Adams was delighted by the gift of a baby alligator from the Russian Ambassador of the time. He wasn’t so sure of the ambassador’s intentions a year or two later when the reptile grew to a dangerous size. The animal was released in the wilds of Virginia and was the last reptile to inhabit the White House. Unless you count Bill Clinton’s Iguana…
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