Famous, and infamous, animals in history. The Asp, Caligula's Horse, and other Famous Pets.
Simon was the only cat to ever be awarded "The Dicken Medal" which was the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. He was the ship's cat aboard HMS Amethyst, which was stranded in China during the civil war in 1948. While the ship was trapped, Simon killed hundreds of rats and mice. He almost single-handedly prevented the crew from starving, as without him all their supplies would have been eaten by the rodents. He was awarded the medal but unfortunately died before it could be presented.
Caligula as commander-in-chief, in armor, wearing an oak leaf wreath. On January 24th, C.E. 41, the emperor Caligula was stabbed to death in Rome. On the same day, portraits of Caligula were thrown into the Tiber, as was this bust.
Caligula, pre-principate Incitatus, Caligula's horse, was said to be spoiled. Roman Emperor Caligula, built a stable of marble and covered him with great luxurious robes of lavish color. Before each race, Caligula would sleep beside Incitatus and order a silence in the city punishable by death. It is unclear if Calicula was insane or just trying to provoke the Senate by making ridicule of them by offering to give Incitatus the rank to perform Senate duties.