While on holiday in Wales recently, we visited Cardiff Castle. Located within the grounds is the Victorian House, extensively transformed between the late 1860s and 1930s by William Burgess under John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute. I was quite surprised to find carved platypuses, armadillos, wombats and pangolins on some of the bookcases.
Apparently they commemorate particular countries of the then Commonwealth: any idea which countries armadillos and pangolins might be associated with? There were bears and otters, too. Sorry the photos aren’t great. I couldn’t use the flash, and therefore couldn’t focus.
I don’t have anything interesting to say about these carvings. But… neat, huh? And is that really a wombat? Or a hyrax? I vote wombat.
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