Here is the 22nd weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random titbits of animal history from the British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive) on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s). This week I've been tweeting from the years 1908 and 1909 - for no particular reason!
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
In 1908 Dr Julius Neubronner patented a pigeon-cam, activated by a timing mechanism, taking 12 exposures at intervals. When Dr Neubronner flew his pigeons in front of crowds in Dresden, the negatives were developed and sold as postcard prints. The pigeon cameras were later employed in 1932 for Polar exploration.
#AHD tweets: this week we have lion and bear escapees, a dog called 'Smut', eggs, taxidermy, an exhumed dog, London Zoo tigers and a hot horse.
28th May: 1908: A Scare at Earl's Court Exhibition: Bostock's bear and lion escaped from wild beast arena; both captured without incident (Evening Telegraph)
29th May: 1908: The Bristol dog "Smut" which gained notoriety by its persistent refusal to be poisoned, though three attempts were made, is again in trouble, having bitten three children. The magistrates, however, made an order for its destruction, but here is a probability that the animal will be given another chance, the National Canine Defence League having found it a home (3 tweets) (Manchester Couier and Lanc. General Advertiser)
30th May: 1908: Substitute more eggs for meat in daily diet? Vegetarians of England use eggs freely; and many of these men are 80 or 90 years old (Burnley Gazette)
31st May: 1909: taxidermy by Mr Rowland Ward now in Exeter Museum: arctic animals diorama and family of foxes - special grant from Board of Educ. (Western Times)
Ist June: 1909: Dog Exhumed: White, rough-haired terrier killed for sheep worrying was exhumed after ownership disputed; belonged to an orphanage (Nottingham Evening Post)
2nd June: 1909: 'The tiger wild in his native jungle is one of the most beautiful of God's creatures; the sight of him behind prison bars in Regent's Park is to me always one of the saddest.' Colonel Algernon Durand in The Times (2 tweets) (Evening Telegraph)
3rd June: 1908: The heat of the last few days in taking effect, for a horse belonging to a York man availed itself of the hospitality of the landlord of the Bricklayer's Arms... by backing into the public-house. The animal evidently enjoyed the cool shades... because it took a great deal of time before the last was seen of it. It paid its debt by kicking down a partition between the snug & the dram shop (3 tweets) (Hull Daily Mail)
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