One of the fictional accounts of July's birth in The Long Song (historical novel, set in 1830s Jamaica, when slavery was coming to an end), describes a 'tiger', without the usual appearance belonging to that of a tiger:

While a further version had a tiger, with its long, spiky snout and six legs, sniffing at the baby July, thinking her as food. - Ch. 2

The novel uses some Jamaican patois; however, I cannot find any alternative meanings of 'tiger'. What (mythical?) animal is this describing?

  • There are tigers in Jamaican folklore (e.g. the story of how Anansi took the stories from Tiger). I haven't read the context surrounding this quote, but could it be that this "tiger with long spiky snout and six legs" is just a bit of nonsense and not meant to represent any actual (or even mythical) creature? – Rand al'Thor Feb 22 '19 at 20:03
  • @Randal'Thor It certainly could be a bit of nonsense because of the context; the novel opens with several metafictional stories of how July was born and this is one of them. I'm just curious as to which it is - entirely made up or referring to a creature. – Fabjaja Feb 22 '19 at 21:31

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