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A memento — or a lifesaver?

A large package arrived from Africa. It contained the horns of a greater kudu, a springbok and a blesbok, as well as the tanned skins of the last two. None are particularly special as examples of their kind: the kudu was shot because it had a pronounced limp, later discovered to be caused by a broken leg that had mended badly.

The impala ram was old and past breeding and the blesbok ewe part of a plan to reduce numbers to keep them within what the ground could support. Nevertheless, I felt a need to pay the cost of their preparation and transportation back to the UK.

If the naysayers have their way, in the future such things will

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