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'Objects of Wonder': Lion shot by Teddy Roosevelt in 1909

We went to an exhibit titled “Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History,” an interesting display of items that examines how scientists use the Smithsonian collections to enlighten and illuminate our understanding of nature and human culture. I took a few pictures, but most of it was more appropriate for viewing and reading about than photographing.

This lion was shot by former President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 while on an East African trip collecting specimens on behalf the Smithsonian. Although on a scientific expedition, Roosevelt “really wanted to bag a big lion,” so took aim and shot as it charged straight at him, according to a Washington Post article from last year. The lion has been out of public view for two decades but now figures prominently in this newest exhibit.

'Objects of Wonder': How was this formed? posted earlier:

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MarcViskens23-Jun-2018 14:09
nice work Helen
Carl H. Johnson26-Apr-2018 21:48
So well presented, Helen!!!~V~
Julie Oldfield16-Sep-2017 11:18
Great shot. The lion doesn't look very happy to be stuffed and put on display. V
Charlene Ambrose13-Sep-2017 02:11
So sad if he shot it just for sport, but it was 107 years ago and viewed a bit differently than it would be today.
Patrick Goossens12-Sep-2017 18:15
Nothing to be proud of
exzim12-Sep-2017 16:47
Immortality then Helen, great shot, pity about the dead subject
joseantonio12-Sep-2017 16:26
I am still laughing at David´s comment.V.
Jim Coffman12-Sep-2017 15:29
I can accept shooting it if it was charging him but not just for sport..
globalgadabout12-Sep-2017 15:14
the proximity brings strong impact here...thank goodness it is not alive, or this could have been titled 'Helen's Last Shot'...