In 1808, President Thomas Jefferson was occupying the white house and his pet sheep was occupying the White House lawn. The sheep, known to Jefferson as the “abominable animal” would attack anyone that got too close, bruising and sometimes breaking legs. Tragically, the sheep attacked and killed a small boy in 1808. While never publicly acknowledging the event, which is known to history through the journal of one of Jefferson’s close friends, the ram was put down. This 1808 cent recalls the unfortunate account of an unusual presidential pet.