Vanilla Ice’s Kangaroo
Leave it to a rapper. Vanilla Ice bought his pet kangaroo, named Bucky Buckaroo, when the little guy was just a baby marsupial. But now that Bucky is all grown up, Vanilla Ice wants him to live a comfortable life. The rapper confessed that the kangaroo is spoiled rotten. He lives in his own enclosure and even has a lover – a pot-bellied pig.
John Quincy Adams’ Alligator
John Quincy Adams may have been a serious leader, but he wasn’t afraid to let the White House run wild. The former president received an alligator as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette, which he kept in a White House bathroom. The gator even had company, as Adams’ wife also housed her silkworms there.
Salvador Dali’s Ocelot
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali was an eccentric man, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that he had an unconventional pet to match his personality. Dali owned an ocelot named Babou. He traveled everywhere with his feline companion. At one point, Dali brought Babou to a swanky New York restaurant and tied him to the table leg. A woman protested the fact that a wild animal was allowed into a dining establishment, but Dali explained that it was only a cat he’d painted in op-art style. Embarrassed, the woman agreed that the animal was indeed a domestic cat.
George Clooney’s Pot-bellied Pig
George Clooney may not be able to maintain a stable human relationship, but his relationship with his pot-bellied pig, Max, lasted 18 years. Originally a gift for his former girlfriend, Kelly Preston, Max was once a tiny little pig. However, he grew to be over 300 pounds and ate as much as an NFL linebacker. Although Clooney built him a shelter a few yards away from the main house, Max often slept in Clooney’s bed. He died and went to hog heaven in late 2006.
Audrey Hepburn’s Deer
While filming Green Mansion in 1959, Audrey Hepburn adopted a pet that complemented her graceful demeanor. The film’s animal trainer suggested she take the baby deer from the film home so that it would learn to follow her. Hepburn agreed and the two immediately bonded. The baby deer, which she named Pippin, cuddled with her and accompanied her on errands in Beverly Hills. She loved Pippin so much that she kept her post-production.
Tycho Brahe’s Moose
Sixteenth century astronomer Tycho Brahe should’ve consulted the stars. Maybe if he did, he could have predicted the tragic death of his pet moose. Brahe let his moose run free at parties and consequently, it drank more alcohol than the humans in attendance. One night, the moose drank so much beer that it became intoxicated and fell down the stairs to its death.
Paris Hilton’s Kinkajou
We all know Paris Hilton is partially responsible for starting the trend that led to small dogs being dressed up and carried in purses, but the heiress also owns more exotic pets. Her kinkajou, named Baby Luv, gained attention in 2006 when it bit her. Maybe it was trying to protect itself from being dressed up like one of her prissy pooches.
Lord Byron’s Bear
Most people think of Lord Byron as a famous poet, but few know that he was also a badass rebel. He brought his dog from home with him when he began his education at Cambridge. Much to his disappointment, he was forced to send his dog home because keeping it was against the rules. In defiance, he perused the rule book to find an animal that was not expressly forbidden. Eventually, he found a loophole and ordered a bear. The animal lived with him in the dorms and he regularly took it for walks around campus (on a leash, of course). Although the bear frightened the students and professors, nobody could make Byron get rid of his pet because bears were not mentioned in the rule book.
Teddy Roosevelt’s White House Zoo
The arrival of the Roosevelt family turned the White House into a zoo. The family obviously loved animals, as they kept a guinea pig, a one-legged rooster, a hyena, a zebra, ponies, lions, and bears at the presidential dwelling. The animals were always welcome inside the White House. In an effort to cheer up Archie, his sick brother, Quentin Roosevelt once brought a pony into the elevator and upstairs to pay him a visit.
King George I's "Human Pet"
If you think you’ve read about the oddest pet already, think again. King George I definitely wins the award for strangest pet ever (sorry, Charlie Sheen!). It is said that the king kept a “human pet” named Peter for many years. The feral boy was discovered naked and living in a North German forest in 1725. At about age 12, the boy could not speak, walked on all fours, and fed on grass. Unsure of what to do with him, the villagers imprisoned him until George I stumbled upon him during a visit. Fascinated by the boy, the king named the boy Peter and took him to his summer palace, where the boy wore expensive clothes and dined with the king. He later joined the monarch at court, but he had trouble adjusting to civilization. Modern geneticists who have studied the Peter’s portrait think he might have been autistic or suffered from a chromosomal condition called Pitt Hopkins syndrome. The king later retired Peter to a farm, where he died at about age 70.