Here is the 23rd 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).
IMAGE OF THE WEEK (although not related to this week in history!)
The Adventures of 'Jim'
The Graphic 10 August 1889
This piece seems to be a stand-alone article - I'm not sure why it would be featured in a national newspaper, but it's a rather beautiful piece of social history about pet ownership and well observed dog behaviour. Note the pug as the fashionable pet of the time and the train travel (dog tickets were issued).
#AHD tweets: this week we have a suicidal horse, a kicking horse, Obaysch the hippo, London sparrows, escapee pigs, a gallow's horse and cow stealing.
4th June: 1846: Account of a pariah horse, tyrannised by herd, committing suicide: darting with furious speed against a tree, fracturing skull (Hereford Times)
5th June: 1886: Man died after being hit by falling roof at Rowley Station Colliery after horse he driving kicked tree supporting roof (Worcester Journal)
6th June: 1850: Hippo arrived at London Zoo with his Arab keeper: animal lays his chin on his keeper's feet at night, but separated by partition in case the affection of the animal should prompt to some manifestation of overpowering and killing kindness (2 tweets) (Inverness Courier)
Obaysch actually arrived on May 25th and was the first hippo specimen to be shipped alive. He became the Zoo's star attraction (see below - source unknown)
7th June: 1831: the London sparrows often as sooty and black as chimney-sweepers. Unusual nest = in mouth of lion on front of Northumberland Ho. (Hull Packet)
8th June: 1891: Ellen Terry remembers Charles Reade arriving at rehearsals with goat and three pigs; pigs escaped into London and cut from show (Evening Telegraph)
9th June: 1945: Notes & Queries from 1829 report'd: 1 of horses pulling cart taking nine Taunton rioters (bread) to Stone Gallows was 33yrs old (Taunton Courier)
10th June: 1839: Case of Cow-Stealing in Dublin - Owner followed hoof marks of missing cow along road towards town - found in Smithfield Market
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