Gef the Talking Mongoose is a creature that was supposedly encountered in the early 1930s on the Isle of Man. This talking mongoose was found on the Irving family’s farm. Gef was first heard by James Irving while he was reading the newspaper outside when suddenly he heard a voice say “Read it out, you fat-headed gnome!” James Irving claimed that Gef looked like “a little animal resembling a stoat, a ferret, or a weasel, yellow in colour with a body about nine inches long. Its long bushy tail is speckled with black”.
Gef often communicated with the family, claiming that he was an “extra extra clever mongoose!” and that he was even an “Earthbound spirit”. Gef was definitely a character. He enjoyed waking people up in the middle of the night, he chased and caught mice that invaded the family home, and liked to eat bacon and sausages. Voirrey Irving was said to have been behind it all and people accused her of being a ventriloquist. The actor Leslie Graham bought the farmhouse after James passed away and everyone left. In 1946, Graham claimed to have shot and killed Gef, however, Voirrey saw the body of the animal Graham killed and denied this. She claimed the creature that was killed was larger than Gef and instead of his yellow color, it was black and gray.
Until her death in 2005, Voirrey denied that she had created Gef.
One of Gef’s most famous lines was: “I am a freak. I have hands and I have feet, and if you saw me you’d faint, you’d be petrified, mummified, turned into stone or a pillar of salt!“