Several U.S. presidents have owned exotic pets. From Calvin Coolidge’s Pygmy Hippo to Woodrow Wilson’s pet ram, the White House has seen its share of wild animals.
Here’s a list of some of the weirder pets:
President Calvin Coolidge had a pet hippo named Billy that lived on the White House lawn. The Coolidge family owned several weird pets including a raccoon named Rebecca – a favorite of his wife, First Lady Grace Coolidge.
Marquis de Lafayette, a French military officer who served as a general during the Revolutionary War, gave President John Quincy Adams two pet alligators.
Josiah the Badger roamed the White House grounds when President Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House. A 12-year-old girl in Kansas gave Roosevelt the badger while he was visiting the state. Josiah the Badger joined the menagerie of other animals Roosevelt kept at the White House – ten dogs, two cats, two ponies, a hog, a garter snake, five guinea pigs, a rat, a macaw a hen and rooster.