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Working Animals And Weird Pets From Nat Geo's Archives

There's a story in the February issue of National Geographic magazine about the domestication of animals (including potbellied pigs and foxes). Inspired by this topic of human-animal relations, they've also curated a gallery of archival photos. The images show, in their words, "some of the more unusual relationships between humans and animals."

An unknown woman swings on elephant trunks, originally published in National Geographic in Oct. 1931 H. A. Atwell Studio/National Geographic Stock hide caption

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An unknown woman swings on elephant trunks, originally published in National Geographic in Oct. 1931

H. A. Atwell Studio/National Geographic Stock

Photo and caption originally published in Oct. 1931: "Mr. Hippo Holds The Broad-Grin Record. Though his opened mouth looks formidable, he is one of the best-natured animals in the menagerie. He is no meat eater, but devours enormous quantities of aquatic plants and grass." Underwood and Underwood/National Geographic Stock hide caption

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Photo and caption originally published in Oct. 1931: "Mr. Hippo Holds The Broad-Grin Record. Though his opened mouth looks formidable, he is one of the best-natured animals in the menagerie. He is no meat eater, but devours enormous quantities of aquatic plants and grass."

Underwood and Underwood/National Geographic Stock

Photo and caption originally published in Aug. 1940: "Baboo Wins a Fight for Life Against Double Pneumonia. When the animal was stricken last April he was taken to Victoria Hospital, Miami, Fla., by his owner, Edward Strassburg. Three-year-old Baboo received the same oxygen-tent treatment as humans. In two weeks he was pronounced cured." International News/National Geographic Stock hide caption

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International News/National Geographic Stock

Photo and caption originally published in May, 1938: "Jiggs, Simian Movie Star, Rehearses With 'The Jungle Princess.'" The setting, on a tropical island, is for a scene in the new Paramount picture, Jungle Love, starring Dorothy Lamour." Paramount Pictures, Inc./National Geographic Stock hide caption

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Paramount Pictures, Inc./National Geographic Stock