Bob Addams, whose stock in trade was always animals in his newspaper series, produced the fantastical Wild Animals You've Never Met
(occasionally titled "..I've Never Met" as above) for the Philadelphia Press
from August 18 1907 to February 16 1908. In this series Addams exhibits an oddly prescient Seussian style. Could the 4 year old Ted Geisel have had access to the Press
or one of its syndicate clients over in Springfield Massachusetts? I dunno, but li'l Ted would have been at an ideal age to have something like this get stuck in his brain, don't you think?
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the sample!