Calvin Coolidge had a raccoon at the White House. Teddy Roosevelt had a badger.
Herbert Hoover had a horned toad. Woodrow Wilson had a ram named Old Ike that visitors fed chewing tobacco to, so that it became hopelessly addicted.
Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad had a pet turkey, and Andrew Jackson had a parrot with language so foul the bird had to be removed from Jackson’s funeral.
But probably the most unusual pet was an alligator that John Quincy Adams kept because, he said, he enjoyed “the spectacle of guests fleeing from the room in terror.”
That John Quincy was such a fun fellow.