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Question 8

A possibly apocryphal story has the Western Roman Emperor Honorius being stricken with despair upon hearing that Rome had perished, but perking back up upon being told that it meant that the Visigoths had sacked Rome, not that anything had befallen a beloved pet of his also named Rome. WHAT SPECIFIC SORT OF ANIMAL was Rome?