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George H W Bush: President, Iguana Fancier

It is often forgotten that in addition to being a World War Two combat ace, the first President Bush was very fond of iguanas. He and “Bar” raised them on their Texas ranch in their early oil days.

A surviving pair, Burt and Gert, even made it to the White House! They were both nearly five feet long by then, and a spare bathroom on the third floor of the Executive Mansion was given over for their exclusive use.  When the weather was fine, they were allowed out to frolic on the South Lawn.