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The Unusual Pets of U.S. Presidents

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U.S. presidents’ unusual pets

Henry Truman said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Before him, the United States Presidents also acquired pets as part of their political advice. Bill Clinton and His Cat are classic examples, but others have more exotic tastes. There are parrots, badgers, and alligators in the peculiar menagerie of the U.S. presidents!

A parenthetical reference indicates the start and end dates of the mandate.

1. A badly brought up parrot

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Many U.S. presidents have enjoyed owning a parrot, including George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Nevertheless, Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) marked the presidential history with a thunderous bird. Indeed, the poll swore like a charter. Particularly, he did not deceive the audience during the funeral of his master, which shook everyone. He was excited since he disturbed the office with his oaths and other bird names during the ceremony.

2. White House alligator

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Think about going to a friend’s house, asking where the bathroom is, and being confronted by an alligator. The White House has indeed had visitors experience this situation. Its owner, President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829), was very fond of it. The reptile was locked in a bathroom in a room in the building. Alligators were gifts to the Marquis de Lafayette for his feats of arms while in the United States. Still, the French managed to dispose of the bulky present by giving it to Adams. Despite this, it wasn’t the only alligator to frequent the White House. His son (1929-33), Herbert Hoover, also owned two.

3. The First Lady is against animal abuse.

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The Clevelands moved a few gamecocks into a stable not far from the White House. This sport was indeed rather popular at the time. The United States has also had several presidents practice this discipline. Despite this, his wife was concerned about wildlife welfare. Therefore, she was able to persuade her husband to stop practicing this. Thank you, Madam First Lady.

4. I thank you, but I cannot accept your offer.

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) looked pretty surprised when he received two baby grizzly bears from Captain Zebulon Pike (who had a sacred surname). This was a pair of gifts he accepted, whether voluntarily or unwillingly.

Although Jefferson referred to them as perfectly nice and good-natured, the third president of the United States got rid of them.

The natural history museum that welcomed the two unfortunate little grizzlies, in turn, was very glad to welcome live animals for a change.

5. Alone with his mice

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Some American presidents have owned rats, opossums, and hamsters. Nevertheless, the connection between mice and Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) was special. Hers is one of only a few chosen ones who had no animals. Also, he was one of the few to face an impeachment process (which ultimately failed). During this period of turmoil, the man never left the White House. Johnson, lonely and bitter, fed a family of white mice flour from his mill. It was even as if he gave them affectionate pet names. Even though some of the vermin were perhaps her father’s only friends, his daughter was busy ridding the building of them.

6. One egg, two eggs, three

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John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) owned silkworms in addition to an alligator. He had them as a gift for his wife, Louisa. Insects were living in trees at the White House. Counting their eggs, for example, was among the ways the president showed his enthusiasm for his companion’s curious pets.

7. Pete, the shadow counselor

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A journalist reported in 1922: that Pete had taken over his duties. In this Friday’s conference, Pete was among the last to leave the executive offices, wandering nimbly throughout the proceedings and entering the executive suite before the meeting began.

He, however, wasn’t a zealous adviser like the others. During the presidency of Warren Harding (1921-1923), this squirrel lived at the White House.

Throughout the corridors, the animal freely roamed and devoured food from the hands of staff who crossed its path. When Warren Harding died prematurely,

The forest was Pete’s alone when he returned. Pete appears to be female.

8. It had to be snakes

Either I can manage Alice, or I can manage a country. Her father, Theodore Roosevelt (1901 1909), would have said, “You can’t have it both ways.”. Her wild poker games, during which she drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes, made headlines in Washington. One day, the young woman located a green snake named Emily Spinach after her aunt, which was as slim as the snake. As Roosevelt’s son, he too loved snakes. Therefore, he occasionally interrupted important meetings to show his father the snakes he had bought in front of a dumbfounded audience. Nevertheless, the late president loved animals and had a badger as a pet.

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