Thursday, June 21, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt's White House Zoo

Teddy with baby Josiah and adult Josiah with young Archie Roosevelt.

President Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 had a veritable zoo at the White House, including:

  • Bleistein, Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite horse
  • Renown, Roswell, Rusty, Jocko Root, Grey Dawn, Wyoming and Yagenka, all horses
  • General and Judge, carriage horses
  • Algonquin, Archie Roosevelt’s Shetland pony
  • Pete, a bull terrier
  • Rollo, a Saint Bernard
  • Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake Bay retriever
  • Blackjack (Jack), a Manchester terrier
  • Skip, a terrier from John Goff
  • Manchu, Alice Roosevelt’s Pekingese
  • Emily Spinach, Alice Roosevelt’s snake
  • Snakes belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
  • Eli Yale, a Hyacinth macaw belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
  • Tom Quartz, a cat
  • Slippers, a cat
  • Josiah, a badger
  • Peter, a rabbit
  • Two Kangaroo Rats
  • A Flying squirrel
  • Guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bob Evans, Bishop Doan, and Father O’Grady

Also in and quickly out of the White House were gift animals: a lion, a hyena, a wildcat, a coyote, five bears, two parrots, a zebra, a barn owl, a lizard, roosters, a hen, a pig, and a raccoon.

Teddy and Rollo

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