You wouldn’t believe what happened to these hamsters. It was like “something out of a Greek tragedy,” said one White House staffer.
These ponies were actually gifts for the Kennedy children, Caroline and John Kennedy Jr.
The Kennedy children seemed to genuinely enjoy the birds, and when the family moved out of the White House after JFK’s death, the parakeets went with them.
The former magician’s rabbit was too chubby for magic anymore, and apparently liked to drink beer. Here’s the story of President Kennedy’s rabbit, Zsa Zsa.
The First Lady, an avid horsewoman all her life, promptly fell in love with Sardar. Here’s his story.
Two of the Kennedy family’s dogs had a litter of four puppies together in June 1963, and JFK called them the “pupniks.”
Tom Kitten was the first Kennedy pet to arrive at the White House, in January 1961. His stay wouldn’t last long, though — the president was allergic to him.