Authors and their Pets
Robert Louis Stevenson
He kept a donkey, which features in his book Travels with a Donkey.
He had a pet monkey during his seafaring days.
He liked his pet ewe so much he wrote poems about her.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Using all practicality, he had a pony to pull around his wheelchair bound wife.
Whoever said to fear danger? His pet was a scorpion and he kept it on his desk.
As well as a pet bear, he had 10 horses, 6 dogs, 3 monkeys, 5 cats, an eagle, a parrot, a crow, a falcon, and 5 peacocks.
He had a pet crane that followed him wherever he went.
Gerard de Nerval
A nineteenth century French poet, he kept a lobster as a pet and took it for evening strolls using a length of ribbon as a leash.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Apparently missing his calling as a would-be zoo keeper, he kept cats, dogs, a monkey, zebra, raven, wombat, peacock, opossum, raccoon, woodchuck, and an armadillo. He also looked into buying an elephant to help him wash windows using its trunk as a hose.