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The Thanksgiving Raccoon That Became a Presidential Pet

In November 1926 President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a live animal intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a pet. This was no turkey, however, but a raccoon.
Mrs. Coolidge and Rebecca the raccoon, Easter egg rolling, 1927. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Mrs. Coolidge and Rebecca the raccoon, Easter egg rolling, 1927. (Credit: Library of Congress)

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