We all love our pets unconditionally, even if they are a bit weird sometimes. Here are five pets of historical figures that will make your crazy cat and deranged dog seem tame by comparison.
1. Fowl-Mouthed Presidential Parrot
Andrew Jackson served as the seventh president of the United States. “Old Hickory,” as Jackson was known, was a hard-as-nails war hero who rallied against the government corruption and fought for the rights of the common man during his presidency. Once, he even beat a would-be assassin senseless with his cane when the gun meant to kill him misfired.
It seems some of that saltiness passed to the president’s beloved pet parrot, Polly. Reverend William Menefee Norment, who presided over Jackson’s funeral, reported that before the sermon could get started Polly “let loose perfect gusts of cuss words” and had to be removed so that the service could continue. No one knows what the bird actually said, but maybe he was just “hangry.” I guess they should have given him that cracker.