Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose

Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose

For several years in the 1930s the case of a Manx mongoose – who was said to speak in a range of foreign languages including ‘Hindustani’, as well as singing, whistling, coughing ‘in a human manner’, swearing, dancing and attending political meetings – was discussed across Britain. As a fantastical beast, he was a contemporary of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, who was first supposedly photographed in 1933, although his fame was shorter-lived.

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