Imaginary animal the Hoobee comes to life!

The Hoobee is an animal invented by nine-year-old Alexander Coombs, winner of the Imaginary Animal Competition that ran over the spring at The Natural History Museum at Tring.

Monday, 18th August 2014, 5:01 pm
The Hoobee is coming to the Natural History Museum at Tring
The Hoobee is coming to the Natural History Museum at Tring

The imaginary animal, described by Alexander, who lives in London, as covered in feathers with spikes on top, beat off stiff competition from over 30 entries.

It has now been brought to life by creative costume designer Georgina Davey.

Natural History Museum at Tring spokesman Yvette Macheke said: “Come along and meet the Hoobee when it will be let loose to roam around the galleries on Thursday. Or pop in to see the costume on display, along with all the other competition entries from Friday to Thursday, September 4.”

Its opening times are from 10am to 5pm Monday and Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Saunday.

The remarkable collections in the galleries of the museum were once the private passion of its founder, Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild. The Rothschild family gifted the entire museum and its collections to the nation in 1937.

Walter himself was a remarkable character. As well as collecting many thousands of mounted animals, he kept an astonishing variety of live animals in the grounds around the museum and in Tring Park. He even used zebras to draw his carriage.