Our favourite animals also produce weird and wonderful tales

We have been looking into the odd things in life which give rise to tales to tell around a warm fireside on a cold winter’s evening.

Even though we are now well into spring our interest in these far fetched tales has not waned.Most of the tales we hear are about people, but nature also has its oddities and there are always folk about keen to put their own interpretation on these unlikely happenings.

A ewe belonging to Andrew Gibbs of Brockloch, New Cumnock back in 1933 gave birth to a lamb which had three eyes, two noses, two tongues, one mouth and four horns. A real freak of nature and a very unpleasant one for the lamb. In the Drovers Inn alongside Loch Lomond there is a stuffed figure of a lamb with two heads, so it is not that unusual, but very strange that nature should produce such oddities.

When a young brother and sister found their pet hamster Hector lying cold and apparently lifeless they proceeded to place him in a cardboard box and bury him in a shallow grave in a far corner of their garden in due ceremonial fashion. Later in the day a neighbour called to say that Hector was running about her garden very much alive and would they like to come and retrieve him. Apparently lying under ground had warmed Hector up and he had dug himself out of his shallow grave to enjoy a further spell of life.

Another similar tale is that of a dog which came into the house carrying the body of the next door neighbour’s pet rabbit. The dog’s owners were horrified, they quickly cleaned up the rabbit and returned it to its hutch hoping that their neighbours would think it had died a natural death. The next day the neighbours were absolutely amazed to find that their pet rabbit which had died and been buried by them in the garden returned to its hutch, but not to life.

My next oddity happened in 1931 up in Cape Wrath when a gamekeeper and friend out walking one day spied an eagle swooping down to lift a struggling stoat high into the air. However the eagle soon began to fall and crashed to the ground near the two men who saw the stoat run out from beneath the bird and run away unharmed. The men turned the eagle over and noticed that its throat had been torn out. The stoat had turned the tables on its attacker. These events are proof that life has many twists and turns to interest the teller of tales and just think what interesting tales he could make of them. See you next week.