Thursday, October 30, 2014

Plans to poach

It has recently been revealed that the National History Museum (NHM) in London had designs on the Loch Ness monster, appealing to bounty hunters to capture it (or pieces of it) to trump the Scots. An unnamed official wrote in 1934, a year after the first sighting, "Should you ever come within range of the ‘Monster’ I hope you will not be deterred 
by humanitarian considerations from shooting him on the 
spot and sending the carcase to us in cold storage, carriage forward. Short of this, a flipper, a jaw or a tooth would be very welcome.” By 1959 – long after the monster had become a symbol of Scottish national identity, NHM had given up its pursuit.

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