Firstly, what a bad ass name! Giant cloud rat!? Secondly, looks like a rat and guinea pig mixed together, which are two of my favorite animals. They can weigh as much as 5 pounds and be as long as 30 inches(including tail). Image is by Christophe Annedouche.
“Original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost during the 1930s in an apple orchard somewhere in Sussex. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version.” – Description
“..proving themselves to be the most wonderful and agreeable little traveling companions imaginable.” – Arnold Landor.
The man depicted is Arnold Henry Savage Landor. He was an explorer with a knack for writing and painting.
In 1901 he traveled from Russia to India, riding on horseback through Persia, publishing the account of that journey in the book Across Coveted Lands (1902). During this adventure he found Kerman(left) and Zeris(right).
They were spoiled with love, an endless supply of raw meat, and adventures! Arnold was very adamant about cats not being put on a vegetarian diet. He considered it inhumane. Kerman and Zeris certainly agreed. hehe
After the long expedition the three made it safely home to London. I wonder if the cats missed the open road?
“Animated Phenakistiscope disc (16 sections, time lapse 0.10 s) – Running rats, Fantascope by Thomas Mann Baynes. Manufactured in London, Great Britain, in 1833. Manufacturer : Rudolph Ackermann. Diameter : 25.7 cm (10.1 in). Also called an Optical illusion disc.” – Description.
The first temperature controlled maternity ward for hens has just been put into operation at the governmental experimental farm here. The hens have voiced their approval by laying more frequently; also a more uniform egg. R.B. Nestler poultry expert, is pictured as he removes the eggs from the automatic chute in the new room.