Oh help, oh no it's a... Hoobee, the Imaginary Animal Competition winner at NHM Tring

By Culture24 Reporter | 19 August 2014

Meet the Hoobee, the winner of the Natural History Museum in Tring's Imaginary Animal Competition

a photo of someone dressed in a furry costume with spikes and a white face
The seals at NHM Tring meet the Hoobee © NHM Tring
It might look like a Gruffalo with the face of a panda bear but this strange creature is in fact a Hoobee.

The creation of 9-year-old Alexander Coombs from London, the Hoobee beat off competition from 30 other entries to become the winner of the Imaginary Animal Competition that ran during the spring at The Natural History Museum at Tring.

Alexander's creation, which he described as covered in feathers with spikes on top, has now been brought to life with the help of creative costume designer, Georgina Davey.

The Hoobee will be let loose to roam the galleries of the Tring museum, which holds the fascinating animals collected by Lionel Walter Rothschild, on Thursday August 21.

You can also pop in to see the costume on display, along with all the other competition entries, from August 22 to September 4.

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