SURVIVAL In Praise Of … Your Finger (No. 7)

Posted by on 31. Mai 2011

Elephant Shit

My painted memory of the „Gumpu“ ...

Tony Moore, the Hollywood star of the bush trackers, told me the trick. Alone I would never had the idea to stretch my index finger and drill into a ball of elephant shit. But it’s true: From the temperature inside you can read how far the animal wandered since it lost the „gumpu“ (that’s how they call shit in Papua-New Guinea, I just love the word). Hot – elephant near, lukewarm – one to five miles, cold – gone for ever. Tony manages to judge the distance by a formula only very experienced game wardens can read: degrees of warmth in 100 yards. Feeling his finger he would say: „ 250 yards!“ Or: „One and a half mile“. The last time we were on safari I did a watercolour of „Gumpu“. Allow me to illustrate this „Praise“ with it …

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