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Sunday, July 01, 2012

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A HONG KONG "WOLF" - 1921

This story ties in with the Kowloon kangaroo account which I blogged about two weeks ago and which was mentioned in the China Mail of May 7th 1921. What we seem to have is the development of one story into another involving different animals. But that doesn`t make much sense as the wolf was killed and about 2 weeks later a new set of animals appears. This account below is in The Hong Kong Telegraph of April 26th 1921.

KOWLOON “TIGER” KILLED

TURNS OUT TO BE A WOLF!

After being described successively as a bear, a lion, an elephant, a kangaroo and a “beast that never was”, the Kowloon “tiger” has, following an untimely death, turned out to be a lone wolf. He was last seen prowling about the vicinity of the Chun Lung village, his preference for succulent pigs bringing about his downfall. With one accord, the villagers, who had witnessed with great mortification the havoc he created amongst the herds, rose in arms against the invader, and slew him amidst jubilant cries of “hai-yah”. The wolf proved to be a fine animal, weighing some thirty catties.

There are,however, still those who think that this is not THE Kowloon “tiger” , it being pointed out that Chun Lung is quite a long distance from Hok Un, where the strange animal was last seen. (1)


1.. The Hong Kong Telegraph April 26th 1921.


The following poem of mine is about the apparently real Teggs Nose lynx, near Macclesfield, in 1987.

A LYNX, TEGGS NOSE, 1987

“The cat had tufted ears” the stranger said
so it must have been a lynx obviously.
So I added this to my ever growing,geekish collection
of mystery cat sightings.
How pleasant to be blessed with this new curiosity despite me behaving like a jerk for a few days.


© Richard Muirhead 2012

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