Punch,  31 (1856), 49.

A Wonder at Walthamstow



News-Commentary, Drollery


Monstrosities, Zoology, Charlatanry, Superstition

    Discusses a letter to The Times in which the correspondent describes the appearance in Walthamstow of a 'curious specimen of natural history' which had been heard 'quacking similar to that of a duck', but which turned out to be a duck-billed platypus. Thinks the assumption that such a species quacks gives the report 'an air of quackery' and suggests that the animal in question is a canard species of duck 'which is believed in by nobody except a goose'.

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