Baby walrus! From the 1930s!

Captain Robert Bartlett, a member of Peary’s Pole expedition (as well as the man who finally rescued the Crocker Land crew) led several expeditions to the Arctic sponsored by museums and exploration societies from the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. On these expeditions, he often collected Arctic animal specimens, both for taxidermy/study purposes and live ones for zoos.

In 1933, Bartlett caught two baby walruses in Greenland, and took them back south aboard his ship. Walruses, however, are notoriously stinky animals, and these two apparently smelled so much that the crew named them Peuk (Puke) and Halitosis.

This little guy may or may not be one of the infamous two. Regardless, he sure is cute.

- M