It is rarely that one sees a wild animal at its best. As a hunter, I have shot many beautiful birds and small mammals, but on retrieving them, in spite of my elation at their capture, I have always had the haunting feeling that the dead thing in my hand was not the creature at which I had aimed. As an anatomist, I have dissected scores of animals, but always do I realize that the stiff, cold thing under my scalpel is not quite the thing it was when alive.
©1931 by Iowa State Teachers College
Abbott, Roy L.
"On Meeting with a Fox,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 3:
5, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/science_bulletin/vol3/iss5/11