NEW for the ZOO (Mar, 1950)

NEW for the ZOO

Lemur, rarely seen in this country, was adopted by Harf Hoogstraal on recent expedition into Madagascar. Monkey-like creature has 14-inch tail, drinks beer and champagne, will aid medical research.

$2500 Pig is no common variety of pork-on-the-hoof; he’ll be going Hollywood, soon. Porky is four years old and was born with only two legs, but he has learned to use them well. Piggie’s sponsor is a California carnival man, Charles Simpson.

Pincushion is a spiny ant-eater or echidna, a rare egg-laying animal the St. Louis Zoo imported from Australia. It’s a first cousin of that queer duck, the platypus, the star boarder at the Bronx Zoo. Spiny, a foot-long female, carries her eggs in a “kangaroo” pouch till they hatch.

Deep-See Nightmare is what William Schroeder, head of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s fishing expedition, found when he hauled up this chimaera from a depth of 3000 ft. off New England. Only eight of this weird species of primitive sharks have been caught.

  1. Toronto says: January 13, 20123:59 pm

    If I had a choice of all the items listed today (Eniac, “Chorusing” organ, donut franchise, etc) I’d take the Lemur.

    I was once the “Parent” of a pygmy lemur at our local zoo. That meant I paid for a year’s food, and in return got a family pass on Parent’s Day (including parking) and my name on a plaque.

  2. Hirudinea says: January 13, 20128:45 pm

    “Lemur … drinks beer and champagne, will aid medical research.”

    Really? Sign me up!

  3. Michael, N5RLR says: January 15, 20122:31 pm

    What Hirudinea said! 😀

  4. RicardoMo says: October 10, 20134:09 am

    Is any more known about the shark?

  5. Stephen says: October 14, 20136:54 am

    Ricardo: “Chimaera” here is actually the name of a group of fish, known also as ratfish, rabbitfish or ghost sharks, and not one species. There’s a Wikipedia page about them:…
    but I don’t know which one is shown in the photograph. It might be a broadnose chimaera or a narrownose chimaera, but that’s only a guess.

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