Arab Courier Attacked by Lions, diorama at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"… French taxidermist Jules Verreaux won a gold medal for excellence for his bloodthirsty work Arab Courier Attacked by Lions. The Scene depicted two Barbary lions, a subspecies that once inhabited the French colonial territories of northern Africa, attacking a camel rider. One lion is dead. The camel is bellowing in fear and pain. The rider is in a desperate struggle with the remaining lions.
On the one hand, the work presents the natural history of the colonial region: a camel and a geographically circumscribed subspecies of lion. On the other, the scene is luridly exciting. The intensity of the lions’ fury, the fear in the eyes of the camel, the tension and weight of bodies: this is as sensational as taxidermy gets”- from The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing, by Rachel Poliquin