The Evidence for Gef: Pt 2
Gef was far more dextrous than the average mongoose. He frequently threw stones and pins at visitors and was once even seen to strike a match. He claimed to have hands "as large as a big doll's hands", each with three fingers and a thumb.
The photograph above shows three pawprints made by Gef in plasticene together with an impression of his teeth marks. Harry Price asked Reginald Pocock of the Natural History Museum to evaluate the prints. Pocock could not match them to any known animal, though he conceded that one of them might have been "conceivably made by a dog".
"There is no mammal in which there is such disparity in the size of the fore and the hind foot," Pocock wrote. "I do not believe these photographs represent foot tracks at all. Most certainly none of them was made by a Mongoose."