Friday, August 2, 2013

The Usual Suspects

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how do your elephants grow?
On the reverse it says: 'The elephants "lined up", Sarasota rehersols [sic] 1947.'

Tijuana zebra

Any resemblance to an actual zebra is purely coincidental

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Horsey Ride

Put the camera away and shove a dime in this thing already.

Photo Prop Donkey

Photo prop animals are often taxidermy.  But the live ones are generally extremely lethargic and depressed looking, probably from having kids crawl all over them all day.  This one is alive.  I think.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Curley the Hairlless Dog

Have you ever wondered what a hairless Cocker Spaniel would look like?

Well, the answer is below. This 1946 photograph show a hairless Cocker Spaniel who went by the name of "Curley". It is rather interesting to see just what the breed looks like underneath all that hair.

Curley belonged to a Mr. D M Wentworth of Boise. Her parents and four sibling all had normal hair.

She seems to be the first known hairless dog of her breed--and quite possibly the only one as I have not been able to find any other accounts of this phenomenon.

Wentworth is holding her in this rather uncomfortable-looking way to demonstrate the elasticity of her skin (personally, I would have just taken his word for it).

Cocker spaniel with hair
Source: F. Genevey
 Congenital (genetic) baldness is referred to as inherited hypotrichosis, it is recorded as occurring in cocker spaniels. But this condition does not normally cause complete hair loss.