Fun Facts About Presidential Pets

  • President Benjamin Harrison's son Russell Harrison had a pet goat named Old Whiskers. This goat was so ornery that one day President Harrison was forced to chase him down Pennsylvania Avenue when he decided to run away with the Harrison grandchildren.


  • Caroline Kennedy's pony, Macaroni, was a present from Lyndon Johnson. Macaroni roamed freely around the White House grounds and received thousands of fan letters from the American public. Caroline also had a famous dog named Pushinka, who was given to her by the head of the Soviet Union , Nikita Khrushchev.


  • Unusual Presidential Pets

oPygmy hippo: Calvin Coolidge, 30th president

oAlligator: John Quincy Adams, 6th president

oElephant: James Buchanan, 15th president

oZebra: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president

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