Offal funny joke: Fake picture of ‘haggis family’ fools animals lovers

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A JOKE picture of a haggis family living free in the wilds of Scotland has fooled dozens of animal lovers around the globe.

The image – which has become a hit on social media – shows a mother haggis surrounding by four adorable infants.

Haggis are described in the Facebook post as “elusive” and “shy little creatures” that live in the beautiful Highland Countryside.

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Despite looking like fluffy slippers, the hoax snap, posted by a jewellery firm, has been take literally by numerous Americans and Australians.

One American, Denise Richardson, from California, commented on the picture: “Is it like a duck? Can’t see the feet, can’t tell if that’s fur or feathers? Looks like some kind of bill. But so cuddly!”

Another American, Donald Temby, wrote: “The little critters look like puff-balls with noses, maybe you could describe what they are, so we Americans far across the sea have an idea. I am of Scottish heritage, but this is one I never heard of.”

Alicia Stewart, also from the States seemed confused, writing: “I have just read that there is no such thing as real Haggis’, they are a fictional creature. More information please, not sure if this is a joke?

Joan Schimmelman added: “So cute. Never heard of them before, thanks for the happy moment.”

Jo Callaghan, from Australia, wrote: “Wow, I never knew they existed. You don’t eat those do you?”

Some Facebook jokers were quick to play along with the trick.

 

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Matthew Bowden, commented: “That’s a farmed Haggis, or even a pet one. The wild ones are not as plump at this time of year as they are yet to fatten up on the new shoots of heather.”

Joanna Stewart, added: “Of course they are real- but they are very shy and don’t come out of hiding very often ‘ cause people hunt & kill them to eat with their neeps and tatties. Live this rare sighting off them!”

The caption on the picture states: “A rare pic of a wee family of Haggi (plural of haggis) they were spotted resting awhile in the hills and glens of our beautiful Highland Countryside…cute as buttons and rare as a set of teeth on a hen, enjoy the wonder of these shy little creatures at rest.”

The description continues: “To get a photograph this close to a Haggis and her haguettes (a baby haggis – which is not to be confused with a baguette) it is advised to disguise your scent with liberal amounts of whisky, and then adopt a stumbling gait, swerving from side to side, so that the animal won’t see you coming.”

The enduring myth of the haggis still contributes to the Scottish travel trade, a Hall’s of Broxburn online poll revealed a third of US visitors to Scotland thought haggis was an animal. 23% said they came to Scotland believing they could catch one.

 

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Questions are also regularly posted on online forums, with tourists looking for advice on how to hunt or spot a Haggis in Scotland.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow has a stuffed haggis in its taxidermy section in amongst real Scottish animals.

The photograph was posted on Facebook by Highland Treasures jewellery firm, based in Arbroath. No-one was available for comment.

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