Category Archive: Myths

Apr 10

To Cull or Not to Cull?

At this moment in time, there surely cannot be a more controversial animal in the United Kingdom than the badger. Accused of transmitting bovine tuberculosis (bTB) to cattle, which has cost £500 million in the past ten years to control, the badger has divided opinions across the country. Some people, especially farmers whose livelihood depends …

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Oct 05

Mythological Monsters: The Animals Behind the Legends (Part II)

Back at the start of September, I did a post about the animal origins of various mythological monsters such as the krakken, unicorn and mermaid (which you can view here if you didn’t see it, or just want to refresh your memory). But whereas we have looked at some of the more well-studied legendary creatures, …

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Sep 01

Mythological Monsters: The Animals Behind the Legends

Once upon a time, people believed in a great number of fanciful and mysterious monsters: dragons, sea serpents, mermaids and so on. Today, we regard them as tall tales but most mythological beasts have some basis in real animals, whether living or extinct. Fiction, it turns, is only as bizarre as the facts that inspire …

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