Punch,  28 (1855), 119.

The Great Devonshire Mystery



News-Commentary, Drollery


Monstrosities, Natural History, Zoology

People mentioned:

Georges Cuvier

    Discusses the possible identity of a 'Thing' that has left mysterious hoof-like traces, indicating that the monster has but one leg, in Devonshire. Assesses speculations that the monster is a kangaroo, a badger, a rat, a wading bird, and a toad. Believes 'most of those who have written upon the subject seem to have studied their zoology out of Theodore Hook's author—Buffoon [i.e. Georges L Leclerc, comte de Buffon], the Great French Natural'.

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