Saturday, October 03, 2015

Zebras are very beautiful creatures, and it was an unending pleasure to watch them. - T. Roosevelt #QotD

2015.09.28-DSC03399Zebras are very beautiful creatures, and it was an unending pleasure to watch them. (p. 49)

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2015.09.28-DSC03357 Wart-hogs are common throughout the country over which we hunted. They are hideous beasts, with strange protuberances on their cheeks ; and when alarmed they trot or gallop away, holding the tail perfectly erect, with the tassel bent forward. Usually they are seen in family parties, but a big boar will often be alone. They often root up the ground, but the stomachs of those we shot were commonly filled with nothing but grass. If the weather is cloudy or wet they may be out all day long, but in hot, dry weather we generally found them abroad only in the morning and evening. (p. 85)

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2015.09.28-DSC03474 After leaving the elephants we were on our way back to camp when we saw a white man in the trail ahead; and on coming nearer who should it prove to be but Carl Akeley, who was out on a trip for the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. We went with him to his camp, where we found Mrs. Akeley, Clark, who was assisting him, and Messrs. McCutcheon and Stevenson, who were on a similar errand. They were old friends, and I was very glad to see them. McCutcheon, the cartoonist, had been at a farewell lunch given me by Robert Collier just before I left New York, and at the lunch we had been talking much of George Ade, and the first question I put to him was "Where is George Ade?" for if one unexpectedly meets an American cartoonist on a hunting trip in mid-Africa there seems no reason why one should not also see his crony, an American playright, A year previously Mr. and Mrs, Akeley had lunched with me at the White House, and we had talked over our proposed African trips. Akeley, an old African wanderer, was going out with the especial purpose of getting a group of elephants for the American Museum, and was anxious that I should shoot one or two of them for him. I had told him that I certainly would if it were a possibility; and on learning that we had just seen a herd of cows he felt — as I did — that the chance had come for me to fulfil my promise. So we decided that he should camp with us that night, and that next morning we would start with a light outfit to see whether we could not overtake the herd. (p. 340-41)

From African Game Trails (1910) by Theodore Roosevelt

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