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Plate 14 from Volume 1 Trans Zool Soc London, 1835, "Notice of a Mammiferous Animal from Madagascar, constituting a New Form among the Viverridous Carnivora" with contemporary hand colouring as issued. The plate illustrates the first scientific description and naming of the Fossa in the Transactions of the Zoological Society of London (communicated to ZSL by E.T. Bennet 9 April 1833). This plate was engraved by Zeitler from a painting by Edward Lear (1812-1888) who went on to be more famous for his 'literary nonsense' poems. He was however a talented painter employed early in has career by the Zoological Society. Bennet notes that the animal is rather cat like, though not of the feline group. The engraving, based on a dead specimen, perhaps goes too far in this direction. The animal was sent to him by Mr. Telfair who remarked "it is the most savage creature of its size I ever met with".
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