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Loft Gallery

Modern Medieval Madness in the Trophy Room

This summer exhibition by Toy Murchie, explored, with wit and humour, both a selection of paintings juxtaposing Middle Ages in Europe with life today, and The Adventures of Fanny Codswallop-Beagle, intrepid explorer and natural philosopher ; hunting will never be the same again!

Modern Medieval Madness

The Trophy Room

Living in an age that has witnessed the rapid advance of technology and the encroachment of urbanisation, Fanny Codswallop-Beagle eschews the comforts of modernity in favour of venturing into the uncharted realms of the natural world. With a heart brimming with unbridled enthusiasm, she roams the farthest reaches of our globe, exploring landscapes both harsh and sublime, cataloguing the wonders of nature, and seeking answers to questions. The Trophy Room brings together some of her latest finds.

Cervus prognathous The Dog-nosed Deerboar

Cervus prognathous The Dog-nosed Deerboar

Rumours rage about sightings of the Dog-nosed Deerboar of Fiordland, Aotearoa, NZ. It’s concertina nose enables it’s great wolflike roar. Existing purely on a diet of sandflies, these magnificent beasts are known to invisibly gather near humans, nature’s sandfly magnet.

Canis rosmarus truffleous The Keen-eyed Walrus Truffle Hound

Canis rosmarus truffleous The Keen-eyed Walrus Truffle Hound

The Keen-eyed Walrus Truffle Hound was once found where ever truffles formed. Keen-eyed, they see in opposite directions, very good at seeing what is either side of them, not so go at what’s ahead. This has brought about their decline, often falling over the very tree roots they are snuffling.

Camelus oculus compositis The Horned Haboob Chaser

Camelus oculus compositis The Horned Haboob Chaser

A person can be forgiven in thinking the Horned Haboob Chaser is a bug-eyed camel, and to be sure it is in the same family but this is a very different being. Standing at three metres tall on it’s six flat feet, this apparition is known only materialise in sand storms.

Andrias sassious infodio The Bottom-boring Cheeky Ankou

Andrias sassious infodio The Bottom-boring Cheeky Ankou

Known for it’s solitary nature, this bottom borer is found in the freshwater, mountain creeks of Japan’s largest island, Honshu. The ‘cheeky’ behaviour they’re famous for is their defence mechanism of spreading butt-cheeks and farting at predators, an action always followed with, what sounds like, a cheeky sounding laugh.

Heloderma caeruleum pellis The Tooth-billed Boaramonster

Heloderma caeruleum pellis The Tooth-billed Boaramonster

The Tooth-billed Boaramonster is a ferocious lizard type of animal, found in the deserts and possibly the desserts of Las Vegas. Although it’s body grows to only about a metre, its tail can be be twice, three times and on very rare occasions, 4 times the length of the body. There are rumours a Boaramonster can shape shift to human form.

Meleagris pyropus voro The Bronze Wattled Gonzo Gobbler

Meleagris pyropus voro The Bronze Wattled Gonzo Gobbler

Hailing from the Yucatán Peninsular, Mexico, the Bronze Wattled Gonzo Gobbler is extremely sociable. Often surrounded by adoring chickens, these avian creatures, both male and female, when looking for a mate, will polish their wattles till they shine.

Cumulus nubes tibia The Golden Flapping Wind Blowe

Cumulus nubes tibia The Golden Flapping Wind Blowe

The Golden Flapping Wind Blower is an illusive fellow. Not only do they reside only in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but this ear-flapping flier is a lightning conductor, a perilous existence in an environment that so often has thunderstorms.

Leporidae nasusdentum The Were-Rabbit

Leporidae nasusdentum The Were-Rabbit

Known to roam over large grassy paddocks, the Were-Rabbit is a timid beast. Usually evading human contact, this creature is rarely seen. Growing larger than a human, and possessing sharp fanged teeth, this creature maybe shy but not necessarily harmless.

Urbus dulcis cuprum The Horned Copper Treacle Bear

Urbus dulcis cuprum The Horned Copper Treacle Bear

This cute looking Treacle Bear can be enticed out of it’s tree home by the smell of their beloved Treacle. Don’t be deceived by their looks though, for they are known to attack if the treacle is nothing more than just black syrup.

Homo cervisiam factorem The Unicorned Green Man

Homo cervisiam factorem The Unicorned Green Man

Known for their exceptional beer brewing, this human-like creature is often found around hop fields. Occasionally gathering in British ye olde’ or independent pubs, these mythical mammals are noted for their mischievous, impish behaviour and excessive drinking.

Canis lupus nasal rosea The Pyrenese Pink Nosed Snaffle Mutt

Canis lupus nasal rosea The Pyrenese Pink Nosed Snaffle Mutt

This Pink nosed Snaffle mutt is particular to the Basque region. It holds legendary status for it’s exceptional smelling abilities, smelling a human 500m away: to get anywhere near this secretive animal, a person must first bathe in pig urine and then wear nothing but a slooth-clawed jumpernon skin.

Canis scrofa malocclusia The Boaring Puppig

Canis scrofa malocclusia The Boaring Puppig

The preposterous Boaring Puppig of modern day China is said to deceive it’s prey by pretending to be nothing more than a ludicrous, laughing, simpleton. With a massive prognathism (underbite), this creature attacks from behind, reaching through the back legs with it’s lower mandible to bite down on the rump with it’s top incisors. If one should ever encounter a Boaring Puppig, twerking is most heavily discouraged.

Sus biggus earus The Radioactive Naked Space Pig

Sus biggus earus The Radioactive Naked Space Pig

The Chernobyl disaster began on 26 April 1986 with the explosion of the No. 4 reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The surrounding area, referred to as the "exclusion zone," a 20-mile radius around the plant, was largely been evacuated and closed to human habitation. For over thirty years Chernobyl, Ukraine has been left to rewild. What mutants have been found?

Picidae hypnoticus The Bug-eyed Puddle Pecker

Picidae hypnoticus The Bug-eyed Puddle Pecker

The Bug-eyed Puddle Pecker does just what it name would suggest, it pecks at puddles, why? No one can tell. If one was to encounter such an animal, one should always look away, for this creature is known to have superior hypnotising properties.

Panthera gambianus The Bearded Snaggle Tooth Simba

Panthera gambianus The Bearded Snaggle Tooth Simba

Is it a mouse? Is it a lion? Some sort of cat? This creature could be all three. Unfortunately being the hunter and the hunted leaves this creature confused, often not knowing whether to eat or run away from itself.

Bos noodlenasum The Himalayan Noodle-nosed Yakki

Bos noodlenasum The Himalayan Noodle-nosed Yakki

The Noodle-nosed Yakki is known to roam throughout the clouded mountain forests of mysterious Bhutan. It’s be told that this illusive, hairy creature produces milk that is the very elixir of life. It is this very story that has driven the Noodle-nosed Yakki to all but oblivion.

Clamator cristatus cornets The Lesser-horned Crested Turmeric Tosse

Clamator cristatus cornets The Lesser-horned Crested Turmeric Tosse

The Lesser-horned Crested Turmeric Tosser can be found in the rich moist deciduous forests of Gujarat, India. The name Turmeric Tosser comes from this animal’s propensity to throw like a Scottish caber, the tall white turmeric flower spikes high into the air throughout it’s mating ritual dance.

Castor fata morgana The Wire Whiskered Sand Beaver

Castor fata morgana The Wire Whiskered Sand Beaver

The Wire Whiskered Sand Beaver is an industrious creature, constantly attempting to make a lodge. Their work is never ending, for pushing dry sand up a dry sand dune is a continuous, infinite endeavour.

Homo carnivalium The Coney Man

Homo carnivalium The Coney Man

The name is derived from the likeness these humanoids holds to the ‘clown, ball catching heads’ associated with the amusement pier at Coney Island, U.S.A. Coney Man, however, is often found in the Whakatū, Nelson District. These tribal individuals are frequently found practising circus tricks such as fire juggling and stilt walking.

Cervus languidus The Dopey Dingle Deer

Cervus languidus The Dopey Dingle Deer

How many hunters have heard of the infamous Dopey Dingle Deer? Found exclusively on Waiheke Island, these shy little animals almost became extinct due to their befuddled, often inebriated state. Attracted to vineyards and any fermenting grapes, many of these boss-eyed beings have met their demise licking electric fences or tripping over tree roots.

Sus oscitans dentum The Yawning Tooth Boarer

Sus oscitans dentum The Yawning Tooth Boarer

This marauding beast is often found yawning due to ear pressure, a geographic side effect of living on the steppes of Patagonia. Contagious yawning, is very much this creature’s weapon of choice, rendering its prey helpless for those yawning seconds. However this apex predator was hunted almost to extinction attributed to the Quoits community favouring it’s singular tooth for the perfect ‘hob’ or ‘mott’.

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