However strange the mixture of a quadruped and a bird may seem, one cannot, given the case under consideration, say it is absolutely impossible.
Abbé Jacques-François Dicquemare was an eighteenth-century French astronomer and naturalist. His primary field of study was marine organisms, in particular, zoophytes, infusoria and mollusks, and he is now considered a pioneer in the study of sea anemones. Dicquemare taught experimental physics and natural history in his native Le Havre, a major port in northern France.
In the scholarly publication Journal d’observations sur la Physique, l’Histoire naturelle et sur les Arts,, he gives the following account of what he thought might be a rabbit-pigeon hybrid (Dicquemare 1778, pp. 214-217): “On the 26th of June, 1777, I was told that an individual residing at Le Havre, had in his garden in the village of Ingouville a monstrous pigeon, covered with the fur of a rabbit, and also having the body, and especially the legs, of a rabbit, and that it had originated from a female pigeon that had been covered by a rabbit. I went to the garden, and after seeing this young pigeon, in which I found much that fell short of the descriptions I had heard, I asked
A human-chicken hybrid?
By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).
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