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Monday, November 14, 2011

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A MYSTERY CAT IN THE COCOS ISLANDS

I found the following in the Irish Independent of May 21st 1906:

GOT ONLY A WILD CAT

The only definite result so far, of Mr H.S. Gray`s treasure-hunting expedition to Cocos Island, in the Pacific, the members of which have just returned to England, is bringing home of a wild cat, caught on the island, and which had been tamed on the homeward voyage. The party was absent 2 ½ years. While on the island the members met Earl Fitzwilliam`s exploring party. (1)

The Wikipedia page for the fauna of the Cocos Islands does not list a species of wild cat.


1. Irish Independent May 21st 1906


For those of you not 100% sure of where these islands are, try this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocos_(Keeling)_Islands

1 comment:

Syd said...

Probably it was a moggie that had previously been shipwrecked and gone feral.