Late in the evening I sat in an airport lounge, finally reading Robert Twigger’s book on python hunting, my head full of Robert Appleby’s legacy, fossil giraffes, giant mustelids, and the song from the end of Portal. I thought about the wolfhounds I’d seen, the bullfinches, stock doves and plovers; the bones we’d found; the teeth and vertebrae I’d handled or photographed; a futile search for hares and about the leverets I discovered in Germany once; the pile of correspondence I’d gone through; and the work I had yet to do on all those hundreds and hundreds of unlabelled diagrams. I thought about an imminent phd viva all about lemurs, about the hilarious conclusion to a paper I’d read that day on fossil frogs, about vampire squids and plesiosaurs, and about my friends in Guyana, looking for giant anacondas.
I came up with an idea for a novel, but knew I’d never bother to write it down.
Anyway, I’m back and trying to catch up. While you sit there, constantly clicking refresh and waiting for the next proper Tet Zoo article to appear (joke), why not have some fun and try to identify the creature shown in the image at the top? (not the wolfhound) If Mark Evans can remember the answer he’s not allowed to say it 🙂 Good luck.