Archie Roosevelt with pet badger, Josiah. Apparently badgers don’t make very good pets …
"Teddy Roosevelt was visiting Sharon Springs, Kansas when he was asked by a little girl if he would like a baby badger that she and her brother had just caught. He didn’t just accept, he was beside himself with joy. He bottle-fed the badger and kept it in the front platform of his presidential train on the long ride back to the White House. Along the way, he stopped at various other cities where he showcased the animal to young schoolchildren and accepted other animals as gifts, including two bears, a lizard, a horned toad, and a horse. When he finally arrived home, he filed down the teeth of the badger and set it loose throughout the White House. It apparently hissed and spat and when a person would casually walk past it on their way to another part of the house, it would charge and nibble on their ankles. Eventually everyone was tired of being hunted, and they donated it to the Bronx Zoo."
"New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town, Indiana, 1968. Photo by Burt Glinn."
Come on, mom - put down that broom, duster and mop and let’s go to the Ike rally!