Punch,  48 (1865), 85.

Porculus Marinus Loquitur



Poetry, Drollery


Zoology, Zoological Gardens, Hunting, Scientific Practitioners

    Written from the perspective of the recently deceased porpoise at the Zoological Society Gardens, who asks a number of questions concerning the person responsible for its fate since it left the 'briny wave'. Asks, for example, 'Who dug me a freshwater grave, / And popped me into it' and 'Who cut me open'. The concluding words, 'F—k B—d', reveal that the accused is Francis T Buckland.

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