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Socks the Cat Dead at 19 – And the 10 Oddest Presidential Pets


Being somewhat of a cat person (or should I call myself a person owned by cats?), I can’t let the passing of  Clinton cat Socks  go without a mention.  The former first cat, who resided with former White House secretary, Betty Currie was put down on Friday after suffering from cancer of the jaw. Socks was a very respectable 19 years of age.

White House pets have always been a part of presidential history. And they haven’t always been the “garden-variety” species of dogs, cats and goldfish.  Thanks to petsplace.com for this list of the strangest animals to roam the White House halls. Umm…non-human that is.

10 Oddest Presidential Pets

  1. Pygmy hippo: Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
  2. Alligator: John Quincy Adams, 6nd President
  3. Elephant: James Buchanan, 15th President.
  4. Zebra: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President
  5. Antelope: Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
  6. Bears: Thomas Jefferson, 3nd President; Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President; Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
  7. Coyote: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President
  8. Hyena: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President
  9. Tigers/lions: Martin Van Buren, 8th President; Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President; Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
  10. Wallaby: Calvin Coolidge, 30th President

For more on presidential pets, check out these books:

presidential-pets-museumDid you know that there is a Presidential Pet Museum in Williamsburg, VA? “The Presidential Pet Museum was founded in 1999 as a repository and means of preserving information, artifacts, and items related to the Presidential PetsThe Museum highlights past and current White House Pets.”  You can see a list of the presidential pets on their web site too.

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  1. I am the author of Wackiest White House Pets (Parents’ Choice Gold Award) published by Scholastic Press. If you would like to host a contest for readers or offer an autographed copy of Wackiest White House Pets I would be offer to send one to the winner. There is so much interest in the Obama girls choice of a puppy right now…..Wackiest White House Pets is being used by teachers/schools nationwide as a fresh way to introduce U.S. Presidents to kids. There is a teachers guide for my book at http://www.scholastic.com/wackiestguide. I can be reached for school/author visits at my email address: gibbsdavis@juno.com. Information on my books at http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org under “Gibbs Davis”
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