H9-34-334 B

Stuffed Animal


Collection: History

Catalogue Number: H9-34-334

Category: Recreational Artifacts
Classification: Toys
Object Term: Animal, Stuffed


Product Description

Ferdinand the Bull originated in a 1936 children’s book of the same name, written by American author Munro Leaf. The book was adapted into a short film by Disney, which won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). This Ferdinand belonged to a prisoner of war named George “Sailor” Morgan, a private with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, who was interned in Japan for 44 months during WWII. Ferdinand is believed to have been dropped into the camp by an American pilot delivering supplies to the POWs, and he can be seen in a photograph with Sailor Morgan and other Canadian POWs post-liberation. Many rumors circulated about the stuffed bull, including that he contained a crystal radio, prompting the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association (HKVCA) to have Ferdinand x-rayed in 2002. Nothing other than stuffing was detected.

$100 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the artifact means to you
  • Tax receipt for $100