President's best friend: White House pets

POSTED: 5:17 AM Oct 26 2012   UPDATED: 9:10 AM Apr 11 2016

In honor of National Pet Day, take a look at photos of first pets dating back to the late 1800s.

Presidential pets - Grace Coolidge with raccoon, Rebecca
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First lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, shows her pet raccoon, Rebecca, to children gathered on the White House lawn for an Easter Egg Roll. The Coolidges also had 11 dogs, two cats, another raccoon, a bobcat, a donkey and several birds. Foreign leaders also gave them lion cubs, a wallaby, a pigmy hippo and a bear as gifts.


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