Being President of the United States of America is such an important job, we often forget that the men who have filled this position over the years are just human like the rest of us, with their own likes, dislikes, and personal lives. Many of them have also been animal lovers, with the White House playing host to a veritable menagerie of creatures over the years. Read on to learn all about five of the strangest presidential pets to have ever been kept by a leader of the United States.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Menagerie
Of all the American presidents throughout history, Teddy Roosevelt was the one to indulge in his admiration for the animal kingdom in the most extreme ways during his time in the White House. While some other presidents had a strange pet or two, Roosevelt basically had his own personal zoo of creatures.
He had snakes, a lion, a hyena, a zebra, a badger, and a total of five bears, as well as plenty of guinea pigs, cats, dogs, birds, horses, and more. He named his guinea pigs Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, and Father O’Grady.