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Image # 111435
Lang's note: Okapi, male. Total side view with Abawa, an Avingura [Avungura], and an excellent hunter, Akenge, Congo Belge, Oct. 15, 1915

Africans had hunted okapi for centuries before westerners "discovered" the animal. Hunters would carefully place leaves under a fallen okapi's head. It was considered a dangerous desecration to allow a hunted okapi's head to directly touch the earth. This specimen, its head propped up to make it look alive, was photographed with the hunter who killed it.