The College Bear

byronWhen the now-famous Romantic poet Lord Byron enrolled in Trinity College, he was informed that dogs were not permitted on campus. Forced to send his canine companion home, Lord Byron went and acquired a tame bear, arguing that the university had no statutes in place which forbade the keeping of such a pet. Lord Byron won the ensuing dispute and was permitted to keep the bear in his lodgings. Much to the amusement of his fellow students, the poet often walked around on campus with his pet bear (leashed, of course) following closely.

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