Libraries are great places to dig about to find unusual items…and even more fun is doing it using the European Digital Library (Europeana). There’s information on all sorts of interesting things held in libraries, museums and archives all over Europe to be found on there.
I decided to go on an online animal-themed hunt: after all, animals (apart from the obligatory Library Cat, or occasional dog) are not generally encourage in libraries.
So, you can find this mongoose in Sweden, this Canadian octopus in the UK, this frog in Italy, a confused sloth in the UK, a deevloping axolotl in Italy, an aye-aye in the UK, a marmoset in Romania, and a miraculous quail in Shrewsbury.
And of course, some African wild ass, which is actually found in the Netherlands.
What’s the oddest thing you can find on there, animal or otherwise?