Here is the 28th weekly digest for Animal History Daily – THE LAST ONE - which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) for the first 6 months of 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 give you all things bovine, sandwiched between post horses and barn owls.
This Week's Images
Octopus Revenge x 2 - both from Illustrated Police News
Left: Keeper at the Scarborough Aquarium being attacked while cleaning out the tanks - escaped from octopuses by taking off his boots - 27 September 1879
Right: Imagined scene from a fashionable American watering-hole when screams of bathers of the fairer sex alerted beach goers to their plight... but all's well that ends well - they escaped unharmed, although shocked - 17 October 1896
This week’s #AHD tweets: wearied horses, lice on calves, fried cow, fighting cow, performing bull, cross-Channel cattle and useful owls.
9th July: 1838: 'Unprincipled' post-boys of Brighton allowing four wearied horses to drive on to Arundel when should have changed them (Sussex Advertiser)
10th July: 1862: Lice on calves can be controlled by brushing with curry comb & dressing of sour buttermilk and soft soap and soda applied to hide (Fife Herald)
11th July: 1834: Cow killed by lightening on the Nothe, Weymouth, during violent summer storm (Salisbury & Winchester Journal)
12th July 1861: Cow charged by another - afterwards milked blood & couldn't lie down - treated with porter and white rosin (pine resin), but died (Cork Examiner)
13th July: 1879: Ligero - the Performing Bull was 'The Feature of the Season' at Royal Aquarium. One shilling (The Era) - See image above from The Graphic - 21st June 1879
14th July: 1896: Nat.Fed.of Meat Traders discuss humane treatment of cattle in cross-Channel transit from Ireland. E.g.Rooth's patent cattle stall (Freeman’s Journal) *
15th July: 1911: The Utility of Owls. Analysis of 113 barn owl pellets shows folly of farmers killing... Rats, mice, shrew remains; no game birds (Whitstable Times)
* And conditions really were appalling for the cattle transported from Ireland - The Humanitarian League published Cattle Ships and Our Meat Supply, by I.M Greg, in 1899 to highlight conditions... it's a harrowing read.
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