“The Pushmi-Pullyu (Tragus januali)
inhabits the Sierra Colorado, an arid, sub-alpine region of the Sidereal.” –Artist Elaine Bradford, the creator of this crocheted pushmi-pullyu.
Doctor Dolittle was the first Western explorer to discover the pushmi-pullyu. Prior to Elaine’s exhibit, it was thought to have been extinct.
Elaine’s crocheted pushmi-pullyu is so detailed that she must certainly have had first-hand exposure to this rare creature.
Elaine described the pushmi-pullyu as being located in a subalpine region, another indication that she had new information, as it was previously know to have been located only in the deepest jungles of Africa (see The Story of Doctor Dolittle).
According to The Story of Dr. Doolittle, the pushmi-pullyu “had no tail, but a head at each end, and sharp horns on each head. They were very shy and terribly hard to catch.”
Indeed, one could not sneak up on the pushmi-pullyu because one head was always facing you and each one slept in turns.
The pushmi-pullyu was known for its politeness; it spoke primarily with one of its heads, reserving the other eating so as not to talk with its mouth full. (source).
Elaine documented significant new information about the pushmi-pullyu’s habitat and other details, like “the pushmi-pullyu instead feeds almost exclusively on the colorful lichens that give the Colorado Range its unique appearance.” (source)
About Elaine Bradford:
Elaine Bradford lives and works in Houston, TX. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2003) and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2000).
Elaine’s art has been exhibited across the U.S.: predominantly in Texas. I encourage you to visit Elaine Bradford’s website for more information about her, her many wonderful works, and the fascinating pushmi-pullyu.