A long time ago we spotlights Major Gerry Taylor a Northern Rhodesian Provincial Game Officer, who befriends the young creatures of the wild.
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Background: A long time ago we spotlights Major Gerry Taylor a Northern Rhodesian Provincial Game Officer, who befriends the young creatures of the wild. Well his whole family not only befriend them, they even spoil them a little. But the tragedy is as these scenes clearly suggest, that animals grow up, and a more permanent home has to be found for them. And so the Taylor house is rather like a transitory hotel.
A full grown leopardess named Sally was among a shipment of animals and birds presented by the Northern Rhodesian Government to Chester Zoo in England. They each had a special first class cabin and travelled in the highest style by air. But even then, the porcupine seemed needled about it. So with the packing done it's Chester Zoo via London. There was quite a stir and quite a crowd at Lusaka Airport as the animals and birds were put aboard a specially chartered plane. Sally the Leopardess was restless, but the lion cubs Caesar and Cleopatra behaved like seasoned travellers.
As the props turned over, the Taylor kids said goodbye to their pets and the long air journey started. With then went game ranger Peter Whitehead who fussed over them all the way. Unfortunately they reached Britain during a wintry blizzard, and snow was falling as they arrived after a delayed train journey from London to Chester. Some of the hoofed species were quarantined near Liverpool. But the others went straight through and didn't even need "handle with care" notices.
Climatically it was a sudden transition but they all have their fur coats on, and with care and special feeding they'll soon settle down to their new life in one of England's most progressive zoos.