Punch,  26 (1854), 123.

The Bear in Mr Punch's Menagerie

The Keeper


Essay, Spoof


Animal Behaviour, Politics, Cultural Geography, Race, Menageries

    Written to represent the author's limited literacy, provides a decidedly unfavourable description of the appearance and habits of the Russian bear—a thinly-veiled representation of Russia itself, with whom Britain is on the verge of declaring war. Description includes such remarks as 'the Rooshan Bear is notorious for its cruelty and windictiveness to the human specie' and 'extends his ravidges and deprefations into the adjinin' territories in all directions'.

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