Thursday, 22 March 2012
The Mystery of the Cloven Hoof
I'm no expert, but it looks to me like half a cloven hoof - about the size of a goat's hoof and well gnawed by some animal. How half a goat's hoof could get into a suburban London garden I have no idea.
Sydenham Panther (a legendary beast of South London) had been out hunting. I accept that a genuine big cat might be able to hunt a goat - but this isn't the countryside; we don't get many goats around here. My husband then suggested that perhaps it wasn't a goat at all - perhaps the Sydenham Panther had fought a mighty battle with some cloven-hoofed devil and bitten off its foot.
A nice urban myth could be in the making. But I'm still puzzled as to how the cloven hoof got there.