A Rat-chicken Hybrid?

Hybrids out of History



This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

Note: Any claim that hybrids can be produced from this highly disparate and very poorly documented cross would require confirmation.

The following notice about a rat-chicken hybrid appeared on the front page, column 5, of the April 15, 1881, issue of the Weekly Graphic, a newspaper published in Kirksville, Missouri (source):

    A Canton [Missouri] man recently caught a monstrosity that was a cross between a chicken and a rat—having the upper portions of the body, including the wings, of a chicken, and the lower portion, with hind legs and a long tail, of a rat.—A Keokuk college has purchased it for its museum.
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.

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

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