Calvin Coolidge

The Coolidge family turned the White House into “the Pennsylvania Avenue Zoo” with their array of pets, including many dogs, cats, birds, a donkey, a pygmy hippo and a bobcat.

The president and First Lady Grace Coolidge became the owners of one of the most unique White House pets when they took a liking to a raccoon sent to them to be eaten for Thanksgiving. As she was quite calm and friendly, they kept her and named her Rebecca. They gave her baths, took her on walks and got her a companion, another raccoon named Reuben.

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