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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



“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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About History Revealed

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.