Mary Toft: The Woman Who Kept “Giving Birth” To Rabbits, Cats and Assorted Other Meats

Mary Toft: The Woman Who Kept “Giving Birth” To Rabbits, Cats and Assorted Other Meats

In August 1726, a 25-year-old servant named Mary Tuft aborted. A month later, abnormally, she still appeared pregnant. More surprisingly, for several months he began constantly push rabbits, cats, and various animal organs out of her vagina. On September 27, Tuft, whom watched by his neighbors and mother-in-law, became a “laborer.”

When the newborn came out, under almost normal circumstances, doctors and midwives would check if the baby was OK and hand it over to the mother. They had already given birth to a cat, and they had already removed the liver, which is understandable. The family could have gone two ways, but decided to contact an obstetrician instead of a veterinarian.

The next day, when John Howard arrived, the family presented him with a liverless cat, as well as a collection of other meats that came out of Tuft’s vagina at night. The physician understandably surprised by the lawsuit. He monitored her the following month and recorded what revealed, checking the stock like a butcher. That month he mentioned that he had dropped several legs from a cat, a rabbit’s head, as well as nine baby rabbits (all dead). He informed the local scientists, physicians and the king of England of the extra level of strangeness.

While he awaited the arrival of the medical community, Howard took the body parts of any animal from outside the woman and took them like onions, one of which eventually delivered to the king. Mary’s reputation, understandably, has grown. There was very little in the way of entertainment in a society that Shrek had not yet discovered; Don’t judge them for finding a woman who has had a welcome disruption in shooting rabbits from the vagina. The medical team sent by King arrived on November 15 just in time to deliver another dead rabbit to Toft.

Instead of making pickles, doctors have now examined the dead parts more closely. Nathaniel St. Andy, a male Swiss surgeon and physiologist at King, believed that births were the cause of supernatural births; it was probably not a matter of medical knowledge that you were looking for someone whose job was to open you up and fix what went wrong. 

He took samples from the King and Prince of Wales to show the evidence. However, others had several big questions. For example, some rabbits appeared as newborns, while others appeared to be three months old. When the king sent a better surgeon, Cyriacus Ahlers, he investigated more closely and found that one of the rabbits had dung in his anus, and when he saw it separately, he found traces of straw, corn, and hay there. Either the rabbit kept in her vagina after eating a large old meal, or Toft was growing an entire farm there.

Tuft explained his supernatural birth because he was startled while working in the field because of a rabbit. At the time, people believed that mothers’ thoughts and feelings could affect the appearance and development of their unborn child.

Soon it will shown that the real explanation is that she and her husband were buying meat to push into her vagina, then for fake labor and to push them back again. In November, Tuft was observed by a huge crowd who invited Andre to legitimize his claims, which somewhat his own goal. With careful observation he no longer produced any rabbits or any random organs due to the infection produced, probably caused by the dead bodies inside him for the past two months, he was moving in and out of consciousness. At the request of Mary’s cousin, a porter was soon trying to snatch a rabbit from her house. To make matters worse, Tuft – who manipulated a dramatic event into a bizarre situation, historians believe – forced to admit that he himself was serving animal parts.

Finally, after the threat of painful surgery to investigate the births, he admitted. Tuft imprisoned for a few months, before returning to his life, at times he identified as the Curiosity of the Duke of Richmond. Meanwhile, the medical profession was ruthlessly ridiculed for being accepted by the fakery, and fame spread in St. Andre. 

He lost all his patients and died in poverty, the lesson learned very strongly that the last thing people want from a surgeon is a man who is willing to say in a published magazine that human women can give birth to rabbits.