In the auction room – once a Methodist Chapel –
on the Holyhead Road to Llangollen,
above the gorge the River Dee cut
before the last ice age, Lot 59
is an Arctic Fox: in the catalogue:–
‘A good example of Victorian
taxidermy, with some discolouring
of the tail. Circa 1845’.
That year, Franklin’s expedition left the Thames
to chart the North West Passage: lead poisoning,
learning nothing from the Inuit, ice
killed them all.