In the last few weeks I have found two new (to me at least) reports of “hyenas” in Hong Kong, which makes three records altogether if the folklore of hyenas found in the Walled City in Kowloon is to be believed, this slum being knocked down about 20 years ago. According to a web site, the hyena existed in
about 11,000 years ago.
The China Mail of September 26th 1883 reported:
“For more than a month past, some large beast of prey, supposed to be either a panther or a hyena has been occasionally seen by Chinamen on the hillside above Robinson Road and in other localities and on one occasion recently an attempt was made to kill the creature with bamboos , but it escaped unhurt. Last Monday night this unwelcome visitor paid a visit to the back premises of Mr Stephen`s house, Rocklands and did terrible execution amongst a herd of goats belonging to Mr Stephens , killing eight and carrying one kid away altogether. Arrangements are being made to give the animal a warm reception if it re-visits the same spot, and we hope soon to hear of its death or capture (1)
Tytam Tiger The Hong Kong Telegraph November 2nd 1892
THE TYTAM TYGER
OUR OFFICE `GOAT` ON THE TRACK
For the past few days a wild beast of some kind has been devastating the country about Stanley and Tytam, sneaking chickens, eating bacon alive, and even attacking children.No authentic description of the monster is yet to hand ,but it is variously described as a wolf, a tiger, a fiery flaming dragon, a panther, a tiger-cat, and even a wild pig. The only thing certain about it is that it has big teeth, big enough to nearly kill a child. The little girl who was bitten on Saturday is doing very well over at the Hospital, though hardly quite out of danger yet.
The villagers in that region were terribly afraid (?). Last year Inspector Mann shot an awful monster of this sort near Shau-ki-wan and after the brute was dead it was discovered to be a stray dog. During life this `wonk` had figured as a panther, leopard, tiger and (if we remember rightly) the Daily Press called it a hyena. No wonder the poor thing came to tender hearted Mann and asked to be killed.
Lately there have been reports of tigers in
Macao, and if a few of them were to
swim from Macao to Hong
Kong they would no doubt be…(2) . “ And here sadly the text goes on
to the following page which unfortunately I`ve been unable to find on the data
base. However, two things are clear.The incredulity of the English media in Hong
Kong at the time to believe in the possibility of tigers in Hong Kong and the
inclusion of beasts never officially recorded in Hong
Kong such as wolves and hyenas. Else I`ve found the odd reference to
September 26th 1883 China
2. The Hong Kong Telegraph November 2nd 1892