Describes an animal that is said to be a hybrid between a cow and a deer.
Mill Burn Cottage | Inverness
Dec 15 1868
J. Brodie Innes Esqr
I beg to be excused for being so long in answering your
letter of the 8
—As to your query whether the cow was sent to a Bull.
or whether there was a Bull going along with the cow—I
can not in th<e> mean time answer— M
The extremities—again differ completely from those of a cattle beast—the bones being much smaler and finer—the muscles being harder and much more of a tendinous construction—Showing a peculiar adaptation for speed— there are several parts of the body in the mean time perfectly free of hair—particularly the extremities— My own Impression is that when the animal casts its coat in Spring it will be almost bare of hair— the gait more resembles that of a deer than that of a cattle beast— the hair in the mean time is soft and silky— Any more Information I will gladly give—
- f1 6504.f1In his letter of 7 December 1868, Innes told CD he had asked McLean various questions about an animal he had purchased that was said to be a cross between a cow and a deer. Innes evidently sent McLean's letter to CD on 17 December 1868 (see letter from J. B. Innes, 18 December 1868 and n. 1).
- f2 6504.f2Mr McDonald, the animal's previous owner, was a tenant of Blervie castle, near Forres, Scotland (letter from J. B. Innes, 7 December 1868). He has not been further identified.
- f3 6504.f3The ligamentum nuchae or nuchal ligament is a large fibroelastic ligament extending from the cervical vertebrae to the occiput in many mammals, serving as a support for the head (OED).
- f4 6504.f4Cervical vertebra.