F#33: Ornamental Hippogriff (wingless)

(Ornamental Hippogriff on etsy)

First brought to the Britain by the Victorians, the ornamental hippogriff still wanders the grand estate grounds and parkland- and the countryside, as they quickly escaped captivity and flourished independently.

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Unlike their large winged cousins, who thrive in cold climates, this breed of small hippogriff prefers mild winters; they keep their short, soft fur all year ’round and don’t grow the distinctive thick white fur that true hippogriffs are known for.

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Avid insectivores, these creatures are a great solution to garden pests- particularly fond of slugs and caterpillars.

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Due to their association with wealth and land, they often appear on heraldry and in portraits: a symbol of fortune.

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F#19: House Martin Griffon

House Martin Griffon (avum pilosus delichon)

Small, migratory griffon

Spending its winters in Africa and Asia, the house griffin arrives in the UK in may or June to spend the summer months. 

They congregate around areas of standing water, where they can be seen swooping low across the surface to catch flies, imcluding midges and mosquitos.

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