Wildlife of the Rich and Famous
Despite the condemnation, the novelty of exotic pets still hasn't diminished.
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46 B.C.: Julius Caesar ships a GIRAFFE back from Egypt
1252: The king of Norway presents Henry III of England with a “WHITE BEAR“
1799: Josephine, Napoleon’s consort, keeps a pet ORANGUTAN
1923: William Randolph Hearst inaugurates the Hearst Zoo, soon to be the largest private menagerie in the world
1980s: Pablo Escobar imports HIPPOS to his compound in Medellín, Colombia
1981: Johnny Cash’s OSTRICHES attack him, breaking three of his ribs
1983: Michael Jackson adopts BUBBLES THE CHIMP
2003: Before filing for bankruptcy, Mike Tyson goes $8,100 in debt for the care of two SIBERIAN TIGERS
2005: Paris Hilton’s face is clawed by her “hot” pet KINKAJOU
2010: Two SNOW LEOPARDS are discovered in deposed Kyrgyzstan leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s palace