The Honorable Ms. Rhino

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Brasil, S?o Paulo, SP. 14/02/1958. Cr?dito:ARQUIVO/ESTAD?O CONTE?DO/AE/Codigo imagem:53554 The Honorable Ms. Rhino.

Brasil, S?o Paulo, SP. 14/02/1958. Cr?dito:ARQUIVO/ESTAD?O CONTE?DO/AE/Codigo imagem:53554
The Honorable Ms. Rhino.

The Honorable Ms. Rhino

Cacareco, a rhinoceros at the S?o Paulo zoo, was a candidate for the 1958 city council elections with the intention of protesting against political corruption.

The city council election in Sao Paulo, Brazil had a surprise winner ? Cacareco, a five-year-old female rhinoceros at the local zoo. Not only did she win, but she did so by a landslide, garnering 100,000 votes (15% of the total). This was one of the highest totals for a local candidate in Brazil’s history to that date.

Cacareco’s candidacy was traced back to a group of students who had printed up 200,000 ballots with her name on them, but the ballots were all legitimately cast by voters, one of whom commented: “Better to elect a rhino than an ass.”

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