All creatures great and small – from polyp to tiger – find their way into issue #96. Christopher Plumb’s feature article explores the animal economy of Georgian London (1-3). Sadiah Qureshi introduces Tipu’s Tiger in the ‘Object of the Issue’, a musical man-mauling machine (5). Elizabeth Bruton provides a brief history of carrier pigeons in World War One (6), and Susannah Gibson asks ‘What is an animal?’, anyway (4)? Finally, the book reviews section (12-13) focuses on the idea of genius, including reviews of books on Newton and Einstein, and a fabulous cartoon by Ingrid Jendrzejewski.