Time to get spooky for our Halloween special and one of our most requested cryptids, El Chupacabras! Featuring a skeptics all time favourites, including mange, hybrids and mutants - Paddy and Megan buckle in for a bumpy debunking ride! All aboard!
The Syrian Hamster had a long and difficult journey into the books of the animal kingdom. In 1797, a description of an animal from Syria was made by Alexander Russell in the book The Natural History of Aleppo (ed 2). In 1839, Curator of the London Zoological Society (George Robert Waterhouse) managed to attain a single (rather old and decrepit) female species in London, from Aleppo, Syria. Finally in 1931, Israel Aharoni managed to get several of the species into London laboratories and it was finally recognised as a new species.
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