5 Insane Pets of Historical Figures

3. A Truly Surreal Pet

It seems poets have some rather unconventional ideas about what animals make good pets. Lord Byron wasn’t the only wordsmith in history to stretch the boundaries of animal companionship. It seems the French Romantic Poet Gérard de Nerval liked to take walks through the gardens of Paris with his pet lobster, Thibault, on a leash.

It’s fitting that the French poet and writer would treat the Parisian public to such a strange, dream-like scene since his last novel Aurélia would go on to greatly influence the Surrealist movement. When asked why he preferred la crustacean to a more conventional pet, de Nerval replied, “lobsters are peaceful, serious creatures, who know the secrets of the sea and don’t bark.”

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