Gef (/ˈdʒɛf/ JEF), also referred to as the Talking Mongoose or the Dalby Spook, was the name given to an allegedly talking mongoose which was claimed to inhabit a farmhouse owned by the Irving family. The Irvings' farm was located at Cashen's Gap near the hamlet of Dalby on the Isle of Man. The story was given extensive coverage by the tabloid press in Britain in the early 1930s. The Irvings' claims gained the attention of parapsychologists and ghost hunters, such as Harry Price, Hereward Carrington, and Nandor Fodor. Some investigators of the era as well as contemporary critics have concluded that Voirrey Irving used ventriloquism and family collusion to perpetuate the hoax.
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This series is written by Henry Cooke and produced by Garrett D. Tiedemann.
Original music and sound design by Garrett D. Tiedemann.
Of course, Gef couldn’t speak at first. He just squealed and thumped inside the walls of the house.
However, in time he started to make gurgling noises like a child.
And with encouragement from the isolated Irvings, he picked up English. Not least through Jim’s daily reading to him from the newspaper.
Gef could also speak the odd phrase of Russian, Spanish, and…