Lord Byron’s bear
Lord Byron, one of the 19th-century Romantic Movement’s most famous poets, played owner to a number of unusual species in his lifetime. The strangest, however, served as his roommate at Cambridge’s Trinity College. When the university forbade pet dogs on its premises, Byron stuck it to The Man, made sure that only canines were prohibited by the school’s laws, and found himself a pet bear. Because Trinity officials similarly found no rules restricting bears, Byron and his large, furry friend lived happily ever after. Seriously.