Here is the fourteenth 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).
However, this week I have taken each entry from the 1900s, for no particular reason other than I fancied a change…
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
From the Aberdeen Press & Journal, April 4, 1923
A rather oddly taxidermied Highland Wild Cat, killed at Belladrum, near Beauly.
The year before a very rare Highland wild cat caught in a rabbit trap was sent to the Zoological Gardens in London, where it was said to be 'wilder than ever'. According to the Evening Telegraph, zoologists could tell the difference between the wild and domestic species by the skeleton - the jawbone in the former, when stood up like an arch, would remain in position; in the domestic cat, the jawbone would topple over.
This week's #AHD offerings: poor working horses, cats in traps, horse witchcraft, the dog nuisance, a collecting dog and rescuing a greyhound...
2nd April: 1917: Dundee SPCA: 33 cases during March: horses being worked lame, sores under harness, overloading & beating. 27 stray cats destroyed (Evening Telegraph)
3rd April: 1941: lifting of ban v's open setting of traps for rabbits, has lead to more than 100,000 cats trapped annually (& other wild animals) (Aberdeen Journal)
4th April: 1923: Book of Scottish horse myths published: witch executed at Dornoch (1722) supposedly turned daughter into horse and Devil shod her (Aberdeen Journal)
5th April: 1931: The Dog Nuisance in Hastings: dog-dung everywhere - dogs should be trained to 'behave with decency' and poop on the side of road (Hastings and St Leonards Observer)
6th April: 1950: suggestion to ban ferocious animal acts on Evesham Council land after fatal mauling of lion tamer; 500 children witnessed event (Gloucestershire Echo)
7th April: 1900: For the Widows & Orphans. Clever dog 'Zulu' carries collecting box in his mouth around streets of Hastings & sends 26s. this week (Hastings and St Leonards Observer)
8th April: 1936: newly married lady dies after hit by train - she was rescuing one of her prize-winning greyhounds which had run onto railway line (Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser)
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