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The Odd Habits of Presidents Pt. 3

 

 

 

If Ramses were to be elected President of the United States, he would definitely be the first ram to ever hold the position, but he would not be the first ram to reside at the White House. Ever since George Washington, who had a pet parrot, presidents have shared the place with their favorite animals.

 

The third president, Thomas Jefferson, was the first to have sheep and ram graze on the White House's front lawn. Jefferson didn't only have sheep and rams though, he was passionate about animals, especially unusual ones. He once received a gift of a grizzly bear. Back in the early 1800's, America was populated mostly on the East Coast. Since grizzly bears lived in the wild on the west coast seeing one was like seeing an exotic creature.

 

The sixth president, John Quincy Adams, had an alligator as a pet (almost as bad an idea as a bear). While alligators are not known to be great pets the thirty-first President, Herbert Hoover's children also had two pet alligators. It was said you could see them walking around on the white house front lawn. I made it a habit of staying away from the White House then.

 

Calvin Coolidge, the thirteenth president, had more than just one strange pet. He had a whole zoo! He and his wife loved animals and along with the standard cats and dogs, he had many different types of birds, donkeys, horses, a lion cub, and even a wallaby from Australia (Sorry F.W., no wombats).

 

There are many more animals that presidents have kept including elephants, bald eagles, parrots (including one that could whistle "Yankee doodle dandy"), and dozens of cats, dogs and horses.

 

So you see there have been many strange animals that have resided in the White House, but I think you'll agree that if Ramses were elected, he just might be the strangest animal of all. None of the others wore a cape.

 

Ramses and the Whitehouse Pets

Ramses: "No more eating on the lawn for you! You guys get to eat with me at the president's table, plus you get capes!"

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