The Extinction Club: A Tale of Deer, Lost Books, and a Rather Fine Canary Yellow Sweater

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For one thousand years, the Milu -- an exotic species of deer with the neck of a camel, horns of a stag, feet of a cow, and tail of a donkey -- existed only in the Chinese emperor's private park in Beijing. But in the nineteenth century, a Basque missionary risked his life to obtain a specimen, then embalmed it and sent it to Paris. The preserved remains caused quite a stir, and soon every major nation in Europe possessed a Milu. But most died quickly, and due to war -- most notably the Boxer Rebellion -- they became ...

The Extinction Club: A Tale of Deer, Lost Books, and a Rather Fine Canary Yellow Sweater 2003, Harper Perennial

ISBN-13: 9780060535964

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