So, here is the first ever weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random pieces of animal history from the newspapers on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s).
The Renewal of the Muzzling Order-Toby Dog Muzzled
'An Insult to the Profession'
This week's #AHD offerings: cannibal pigs, a mad cat, a bullock chase, horse and cart falling from a bridge, grizzly bear attack, fines for unmuzzled dogs and the theft of a tame rabbit....
'A Tail Without A Pig', Lyme Regis, 1820: butcher slaughters pig and overnight pig intruders eat carcass, leaving only tail behind
'Mad Cat' - Ombersley, Worc. 1834 - Medical man hacked off 7 pieces of flesh from boy's leg after he bitten by suspected rabid cat
'A Bullock Chase Through Edinburgh', 1862: after causing many casualties, butcher caught it by the tail in Gilmore Place and hocked it
Strathaven, Scotland, 1876: driver of dog-cart pulled wrong rein and used whip, causing horse to jump off bridge into water 20ft down
World's Fair, Birmingham, 1890: 'Negro' Orenza attacked by trained grizzly bear during performance; escaped with lacerated arm
'The Dog-Muzzling Order' - Guildhall Police Courts, 1890: 3 defendants fined between 1s. and 5s. plus costs for leading unmuzzled dogs
Glass blower fined 10s. for stealing pet rabbit from milk seller's shop - Birmingham - police saw theft and arrested man
Things I learnt, or things which surprised me, this week:
P.S I will have a shiny new 'Animal History Daily' masthead soon (when hubby has time to create one for me...)
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