From John Brodie Innes 28 January 1870
Hybrid Cow.— There is at present a hybrid cow among a herd at the home farm of Beaufort—a cross apparently between a deer and a cow. Except in the colour, which is black, the animal is identical in appearance with the one lately sold by Mr Maclean, V.S., to the proprietor of Wombwell’s Menagerie.1 Strange to say, both animals were bred in or near the same parish—Ardclach2—and in many respects bear a similar history. Mr Lawson, manager at Beaufort,3 bought the cow last autumn among a herd of cattle, and it has since been seen and admired by many. The hybrid cow in Wombwell’s menagerie was calved at Lochindorb,4 and was exhibited by Mr M’Donald, Blervie,5 at the Forres Christmas Cattle Show in 1868.
The above is from the Elgin Courant of this day 28th. Janry. 1870.6 I have not seen the animal. It is satisfactory to know that the former one, which I told you of before, and which seemed if not a hybrid, a wonderfully good imitation of one has gone to a menagerie where perhaps in life or death the truth of its origin may be tested. Some old red deer seems to have taken to erratic courses about the ancient haunts of the Wolf of Badenoch7
Faithfully Yours | J Brodie Innes
JBI sends clipping about a hybrid between a deer and a cow, from the same parish as the one reported in 1868.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7087,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7087