The Scroobious Pip is a nonsense versepoem left unfinished by Edward Lear at the time of his death in 1888. It was completed by Ogden Nash and illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert in 1968. The poem tells of a fanciful animal of unknown taxonomy known only as "the Scroobious Pip" and the fruitless attempts of the other animals of the world to classify it.The Scroobious Pip was left unfinished by Lear in 1872, due to this, the piece wasn't published until 1935 in a collectors edition, 950 copies are in existence. Harvard University Press published Teapots And Quails which is a small book of Lear's poetry that includes The Scroobious Pip. Ogden Nash, an American Poet, was asked to finish the poem in 1968.