National Geographic : 1925 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Ph tographi by K. IKittenberger FEEDING A MONTII-OI,) RIIINOCIROS BABY The rhinoceros is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, except in the Congo Basin. Although they are divided roughly into the black rhinoceroses and the white rhinoceroses, the latter are less numerous. In color they are actually black and less black. Parties of lions will attack a calf rhinoceros, but an adult fears no animal. looked up. I expected to find the lion in front of me, asking, "Am I too late for breakfast?" While I was struggling with the gun I dimly heard a rattle of musketry. To me it seemed a long way off and far removed. I disassociated it with my dilemma. When I looked up, there was \Ir. Lion scurrying over the far hill, with bullets to left of him, bullets to right of him, bullets in back of him. Both Porter and the White Hunter had emptied the magazines of their guns while M r. Lion buck-jumped through the grass. Then the two guilty ones turned on me and wrathfully accused ime of missing the lion! Well, there are times when one can not condescend to argue. w\\rJ l'ItL) .1A 'I MO" That day we were in a furor of ex citement. To kill a lion became an obsession. Lesser animals were suddenly unat tractive. Immediately after breakfast we went out to kill another zebra for bait, and, if possible, to effect the kill in a particular locality, so the bait would be located favorably. This was no easy task. The zebras refused to come or to be driven where we wanted them. After two hours of stalking them ineffectually, we held a conference. \Ve decided to kill one in the open and then engage native oxen to draw it a couple of miles across the plain, thus leaving a line of scent, and place it exactly where we wanted it. \Ve scattered to get close to a zebra herd a mile away in the open. Porter and the White Hunter shot simultaneously. The latter dropped his with a bullet through the heart, while Porter turned her zebra over twice with a bullet head-on through the chest. Then we hailed a Kuku native in a red blanket, who lived in a near-by grass hut. lie found the necessary oxen. These were attached to the two zebras and they 204 Hil^^ --- ^I^Wk ^^^^^''c.-yliUBI ' !< ".- * ^^te "^ - . ,fc .^f^f!. .. .'^. ,^- - ., , ^W -"- ^- "- .^ ;.:^ ll s' & ***-.