National Geographic : 1952 Nov
Author's Wife Rides a Strange Mount Edith Bray went to the Mato Grosso sector of Brazil in 1939 to stalk tigres, or jaguars, with Sasha Siemel, Latvian-born expert in the Indian's art of spearing jungle cats. She returned to marry him and raise a family in one of the wildest and remotest regions of South America (page 700). This long-horned ox has just carried her across the upper Paraguay River. Though too slow for tigre hunting, the trained ox earns its fodder in the rainy season. Split hoofs enable it to traverse the muddy, flooded countryside with rider or heavy load more easily than mule or horse. A single rein is attached to the nose ring. Siemel's Dogs Strain to Go Hunting Big Brazilian cattle ranches adjoining the jungle annually lose as many as 6,000 head apiece from jaguar raids. Sasha Siemel, the author, earned his living for years by tracking down the Mato Grosso's big cats and killing them with spear and bow and arrow. He found dogs indispensable in picking up the tigre's scent and pinpointing it in the brush. These three purebred foxhounds, the gift of a Pennsylvania friend, learned their jungle trade quickly. But ticks, mos quitoes, and heat soon gave them a run-down look. Mr. Siemel, breeding the dogs to jungle-inured mon grels, produced a strain with the native's stamina and the foxhound's nose and tongue (page 702).