So on Friday my wife gave me a slightly delayed birthday present – a very nice set of original drawings of three mammal species. Probably the perfect birthday present for a mammal watcher you would say. Excellent, I thought, and opened up the picture only to discover that the three mammals were all nemesis species for me that I’ve been trying to see, unsuccessfully, for over 30 years; the Striped weasel, Ground pangolin and Abbott’s duiker. Hours of my time and thousands of miles on the road have been spent looking for these animals, to no avail. The only comment from my wife was an airy ‘I thought you might like them’ statement.
Not sure what to make of it all. Do I sit and weep into my cornflakes, use it as inspiration to try even harder to nail the darned things, or conclude that I’ll probably never see them, hang it up in my office, and take up knitting as a hobby instead? I’m throwing it out to my fellow mammal watching enthusiasts for advice and comment.