A Mouse-chicken Hybrid?

Mus musculus × Gallus gallus

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EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD GENETICS

     
This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23
mouse-chicken hybridA reconstruction of the alleged hybrid. Artist: E. M. McCarthy

The following notice about a mouse-chicken hybrid appeared on page 2, column 7, of the August 20, 1915, issue of the Essex County Herald, a newspaper published in Guildhall, Vermont (source):

    Selectman George M. Rood, of Woodstock, is showing a weird freak of animal life in the shape of a white mouse with a chicken’s head and bill. The thing was dead when found by Mrs. C. A. J. White in her hen yard, having been caught by a cat, and, therefore, must probably have had life. The body is that of a well-formed mouse with four feet and tail, and the head is that of a chicken with a well developed bill.
Note: It has been my policy in listing reports of hybrids to include all serious allegations, especially those of scholars, whether or not the hybrid alleged seems possible or likely to me. This policy, I think, helps to eliminate subjective judgment on my part, and therefore should remove at least one source of systematic bias from my work. It also helps to fulfill the ethical obligation of telling not just the truth, but the whole truth.

A combination of a chicken and a mouse? No doubt a timid creature indeed!

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By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).


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