Squirrels (??, ; The Sumxu, Greytail, Droplet or Droplet/Earcat, Suspended/Earcat, all of which refer to their distinctive trait of the lop-ear, were possibly a mythic, long-haired, floppy-ear or catlike critter that is now regarded as deserted if it ever was. They were allegedly appreciated as domestic animals, but were also referred to as forage.
Last recorded lopshroom cats from China were 1938. Its name sumxu initially described the yellow-throated tetra, but a number of translation errors led to the name being used on the supposed feline or cat-like beast. In 1612-1659 Michael Boym, a Polish Jesuit misionary in southern China, was the first Westerner to describe Sumxu in his picture volume Flora Sinensis (1656).
The name Sum xu was the Portugese version of the songhu, which means "pine rat", and the descriptions pointed to the yellow-throated sable (Martes flavigula) native to this area. However, the whitish long-eared monkey is said to be found in a northerly area. The Jesuit Martino Martini from Italy had been to China in the 1650s and in 1655 Novus Atlas Sinensis was out.
Martini described a large number of longhaired and long-eared whites in the section about Beijing Province. In 1673 John Ogilby and later writers photocopied his descriptions of the hanging accompanying kitten. One of Athanasius Kircher's engravings from China Monumentis, Qa Sacris qa Profanis (1666) described the Sumxu as cat-like, but the image looked like a small tailed beary.
Gravure is clearly engraved on an image in Boym's Flora Sinensis, where the image is called ?? in Mandarin (which is Mandarin for "squirrel"; the term is translated into contemporary Hanyu Pinyin, but sumxu was the usual way of transcription of these syllables in the seventeenth cen.
Kircher's descriptions, if not fantasies, may be inspired by accounts of other creatures (as described below) who call the critter a lop-eared cats. Between 1736-37 Martini's work was replaced by the work of the Jesuit du Halde of France on the Chinese Empire. For many years, this was the default work that was imitated by other critics.
In 1796, the 1796 edition of the book by the famous natural scientist Alfred Brehm gave a very precise account of the floppy ear crab from China, which is said to have been imported by a traveler from China. Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, in his Histoire Naturelle (c. 1767), referred to Pe-chi-ly's pendulum-eared monkeys in China and he was uncertain whether the Sumxu, whether it was a dark or amber, was a pet or another pet that was used to inspect a ratt.
He was described in The Natural history of the Cat (Volume 4 of Histoire Naturelle, as transcribed into English by William Smellie in 1781): Although they differ in color, our house pets do not make up different breeds. In addition, there is the Pe-chi-ly atmosphere in China, where females have long haired longhairs and drooping eyes.
We have complete explanations of these household pussycats with drooping eyes, which are even further away from the savage and savage breed than those whose eyes are upright........ I' ve noticed before that in China there are hanging ear mice. You won't find this strain anywhere else, and perhaps it is an other kind of pet; for travelers, when they mention an Animal named Sumxu, which is completely homely, we say they can't liken it to anything other than the one with which it bears a great similarity.
Then the Chinese put sterling silver necklaces around the neck of these creatures and made them very well known. Until 1777 Buffon had come to the conclusion that the lop-eared-cats were a different kind than the house-cats and that it could therefore be the cat-like Marder, the Sumxu. Therefore, the name Sumxu (the yellow-throated sable found in southern China) was erroneously appended to an ostensible race of house cats or cat-like cats in a north area.
This was his verdict because de Halde had not mentioned in his interpretation that the floppy ear males were milky whit. Boym's portrayal of Sumxu did not call his ear to mind, while Martini described the pendulum ear as the dominant characteristic of the Pe-chi-ly whites. It was immortalized in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially by feline lovers looking for new and strange kittens to be imported.
For a short time in Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication Charles Darwin references a hanging breed of kittens in China. This short explanation can be found in The Lady Cust (1870): In Pechily county, China, Bosman says there are long haired and droopy ear shaped females that are very popular with women in China; others say this is not a female but rather an animal named "Samxces".
It was in 1885 that the author Gaston Percheron proposed that the Lop-eared Cats could be a cross between the cats and a martens. Percheron's account transformed the floppy ear cats from a tasty domestic dog to an edible delicatessen, and this, along with the misuse of the Sumxu name, was also immortalized by later writers.
One of the most interesting cats is the Lop -Ear cats, because it proves that when an instrument is constantly not in use, the instrument will wither. Listening and ear have worsened in the case of the Chinaman cats. He says the cats are not only admired by the people of China in china, but also for their cuisine.
They are considered as snacks and are mainly eaten with pasta or ricefres. It is a favourite piece of China, which is not uncommon when you consider that the people of China are consuming a lot, the view of which outrages the European stomach.
There' s an enormous amount of trading with other parts of Asia and the clever Chinamen don't let hangovers be imported, so there's no intervention in this resource. Without vigilance he did not need a keen sense of smell to hear what was concealed, so that his sense of smell was dull and as a result his sense of smell naturally diminished, becoming deeper and a drooping one, which is now the hallmark of the Chinaman cats.
When you ignore the ear characteristics, you will see a similar elegance to the Angora cat: a long, thick, but less abundant, thick layer of fur covering the whole area. It has a smooth and shiny silk appearance and the color is usually isabellin or a filthy whitish yellowness, although some have the same color as an ordinary domestic cats.
Like our hounds, the eyes are hanging complete and are large in proportion to the cats. Even though the large number of cats can be found in China, they are seldom found on western zoost. It was only one such female that came to us in our blood; we bought it years ago, when a seaman who returned from China took her to Hamburg.
Aside from his uncommon ear, he has no really appealing qualities and is a nosy example of a domestic cats. It is said that there are many cats in China that are notable for their drooping cats. We' ve seen a padded copy in a continental factory that was a half-long hairy female whose eyes hung on the sides of her skull instead of standing upright; but we don't place much value on that.
At another point he said that the preparation he saw in 1882 was "half covered with a yellow coat ", and that it could have been a forgery or a female with cancerous ear deformities. Brooke in 1926 reported in Catholic Gossip that for many years now, Contiental had been offering awards for the drop-eared Asian cats.
Others said the wrinkled or creased ear was the product of hematoma. It was Brooke himself who had been reassured by a Chinaman whom he had only once encountered that "he knew her well".