Charles Domery (c. 1778 – after 1800) was a Polish soldier who had
an unusually large appetite. Serving in the Prussian Army during the War
of the First Coalition, he deserted to the French Revolutionary Army in
return for better rations. He was voraciously hungry; while stationed
near Paris, he was recorded as having eaten 174 cats in a year, and
would eat 4 to 5 pounds (1.8 to 2.3 kg) of grass each day if he could
not find other food. During service on the French frigate Hoche, he
attempted to eat the severed leg of a crew member hit by cannon fire,
before it was wrestled from him. In 1799 Hoche was captured by British
forces, and Domery and the crew were interned in Liverpool. Despite
receiving ten times the rations of other inmates, he remained ravenous,
eating the prison cat, at least 20 rats, and many prison candles.
Domery's case was brought to the attention of the Sick and Hurt
Commissioners, who tested his eating capacity by feeding him four
bottles of porter and a total of 16 pounds (7.3 kg) of raw cow's udder,
raw beef and tallow candles, all of which he ate and drank in a single
day without defecating, urinating, or vomiting.
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