Friend of Leo's
- Feb 4, 2015
- UK Europe.
Thor the walrus filmed returning to the sea at Scarborough
Arctic mammal had won the hearts of residents and caused the town’s fireworks display to be cancelled
Reading this story led me down memory lane.
Back in the 1950s when I was growing up in the SE London suburb of South Norwood, one of my favourite trips out was to the Horniman Museum. A half hour ride on the number 197 bus.
My favourite exhibit was always the stuffed walrus. Possibly the worst taxidermy ever - I think they just crammed as much stuffing in as possible. But a very fond memory.
Some thirty years later I had to go to a work meeting at the Horniman and was very disappointed to find the gallery where the walrus lived was being refurbished and my friend was in storage. However, one of the staff took me down to their store where the walrus was carefully wrapped in cling- film. Some wit had stuck on a discreet label - "Defrost thoroughly before use. Best before Dec 1989.. "