The natural-history specimens shown included specimens of the fast-disappearing native thrush or piopio (Turnagra hectori), and examples of the ferocious carnivora—stoats, ferrets, and weasels—imported by the Government to keep down the rabbits, but which have, with inexcusable perversity, devoted themselves to the extermination of our beautiful native
birds and our domestic poultry. An alarming circumstance—the abnormal development of these creatures—was pointed out by Sir James Hector. A colonial-bred ferret exhibited measured 26 in. in length, his British progenitors measuring only 16 in.