National Geographic : 1919 Jul
THE LAND OF LAMBSKINS otherwise assisting in the study and photo graphing of the ani mals. While the inspec tion was in progress a lamb was born, the hair being a splendid type of Persian lamb, with beautiful black luster and tight, even curl (see page 79). As an illustration of the close personal attention the lambs receive till they are able to care for them selves, the ewe and one of the shepherds seemed to vie with each other in attend ing this helpless ar rival. The flock drifted away and the lamb was unable to travel, so the ewe and shepherd remained, and finally the boy gathered it in his arms and came on up with the crowd. These shepherds, although extremely ignorant, especially in any civilized sense, and living the lives of the sheep night and day for months at a time, are said to know the members of their flo c k s individually and the parentage of each sheep, even among large numbers. INTERBREEDING O KARAKUL AND KIRGHIZ SHEEP Since numbers of the ewes of the fat rump Kirghiz mut ton sheep are yearly placed among the Karakul flocks for the purpose, as related by the owner, of keeping up the vigor, and since no written records are A YOUNG KARAKUL RAM ON THE STEPPES OF BOKHARA A KARAKUL RAM IN BOKHARA Curiosity is a passion stronger than fear in many cases, and the timid Sarts and Bokharans who first fear the camera man soon bring their dearest possessions to him in order to have them photo graphed. The story current in many parts of the East that camera lenses are made from the eyes of murdered children may explain why many a fond mother protects her infant from the recording eye of the kodak fiend.