5 Insane Pets of Historical Figures

2. Lord Byron and His Travelling Circus

Never one to settle for anything less than complete excess, the English poet Lord Byron didn’t just have one pet, he had dozens. We’re not just talking about dogs and cats here either. Byron once showed up to the campus of Cambridge University with a full-grown bear in tow.

Byron’s bear was only one of many exotic pets the notorious provocateur kept around. Even while traveling abroad, he seemed to surround himself with what can only be referred to as a small zoo. Upon visiting Byron in Paris, fellow poet and close friend Percy Shelley wrote, “Lord B’s establishment consists, besides servants, of 10 horses, eight enormous dogs, three monkeys, five cats, an eagle, a crow, and a falcon.” The only thing he was missing was a partridge in a pear tree.

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