Yes, in case you didn’t know, Vice President Mike Pence owns a pet rabbit named Marlon Bundo (after the famous actor Marlon Brando).
Marlon is just one of the Pence family’s collection of adorable house pets. There’s also Harley, the Australian Shepherd, and a pair of cats named Pickle and Hazel. But there’s no question that the small black-spotted rabbit nicknamed BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) is the most popular pet by far.
While a rabbit is still considered an unusual pet – Marlon holds the record as the “first rabbit to fly on Air Force Two” – he’s not the only strange animal to call the White House home. President Calvin Coolidge’s wife Grace kept a pet raccoon named Rebecca.
Meanwhile, George Washington owned a donkey named Royal Gift (since he was a gift from the King of Spain) and his wife Martha kept a parrot. More recently, George W. Bush owned a menagerie of animals including a cat named Willie, a dog named Barney and a cow named Ofelia.
And like many other White House pets, Marlon Bundo is following in a proud tradition by helping America’s children learn about his owner’s job in a fun and friendly way. That’s right: this rabbit is about to star in his own children’s book.
And “Grampa” Pence will be in it too…