“Buy my red deer?” Two young men approached as I passed on the street. The unfortunate Sititunga calf was hot, dehydrated, and nearly frightened to death. Doubly unfortunate, its mother was likely killed either by snare or gun, and this calf taken from the wild to be sold as a pet in Monrovia. I buy water for all, tell these men how sad the spirit of this animal has become, and ask that they take responsibility for finding this creature a proper home.
Red deer is a misnomer for this antelope. Many species in Liberia are named for animals they most closely resemble in America.