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Top 10: Weirdest pets

Sometimes, man’s best friend has to take second place, but it’s not always cats that make the cut

Weirdest pets ever kept

GÉRARD DE NERVAL

PET: LOBSTER

“They are peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they don’t bark and they don’t gnaw upon one’s monadic privacy like dogs do.” So wrote 19th-century French poet Gérard De Nerval (inset) about his pet of choice. Having snapped up one of the snappers from a net, saving it from the dinner plate, he supposedly walked it around the fashionable Palais-Royal area of Paris with a ribbon of blue silk.

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In this month's issue… Captain Cook's secret mission Retrace James Cook's 1768 first voyage - a scientific expedition that morphed into a globe-spanning quest to find a lost continent thanks to a set of secret instructions. Plus: Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles; the tragedy of British Tour de France hero Tom Simpson; the fall of the Russian Romanov dynasty; history of chocolate; William Wallace; weird pets; and Palymrene Queen Zenobia takes on Imperial Rome.