It’s a shrike!
Regular readers will remember a recent Drawing of the Day post where I speculated that I was in the process of creating a new kind of imaginary sketchbook animal, one with a thick mane or crest of white hair on its neck. It was in this drawing that the idea chose to rise closer to the surface and tentatively resolve itself into the shrike, a classic Horrible Creature that’s big enough to ride.
Which is why, I suppose, that the semiofficial “type drawing” of the shrike shows it in the form of a riding toy one that would be the star of any Creepy Victorian nursery. “I say, Alice, do let me have a ride!”