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Answer: Three alligators

Source: According to The Washington Post: “They are alligators, and have free run of the entire Commerce Department basement. The three ’gators [named Pay Cut, Furlough, and Dismissal] came from Chicago, a present from the Bureau of Fisheries. Zoo officials have refused to accept them …” Citation: “3 'Gators Arouse Fear of Workers: Commerce Building Has Pay Cut, Furlough and Dismissal.” The Washington Post. June 24, 1932. Accessed November 19, 2012.  

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