Born Free: The Full Story by Joy Adamson

By Joy Adamson

The 50th anniversary variation of the vintage tale of Elsa the lioness and the girl who cared for her. Fifty years in the past pleasure Adamson first brought to the area the tale of her existence along Elsa the lioness, whom she had rescued as an orphaned cub, and raised at her domestic in Kenya. yet as Elsa have been born loose, pleasure made the heartbreaking selection that she has to be again to the wild while she used to be sufficiently old to fend for herself. because the first ebook of Born loose and its sequels residing loose and eternally unfastened, generations of readers were enchanted, encouraged and moved by way of those books uplifting appeal and the striking interplay among pleasure and Elsa. thousands have additionally come to grasp and love Born unfastened during the immortal movie starring Virginia McKenna and invoice Travers. yet here's the opportunity to rediscover the unique tale during this fiftieth anniversary version, within the phrases of the girl who reared Elsa and walked with the lions.

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ID Uniquely patterned. Small, stocky goose, largely dark silver-grey, with black chin, throat and foreneck, white head, face, hindneck and tail. Head rather rounded with high forecrown; white head plumage may become stained rusty-orange in summer. Young have grey neck and head and entire plumage has rounded pale fringes, affording scalloped pattern as in young grey geese, though entirely blue-grey. In flight, all-dark, grey wings, blackish rump and white tail unique. ; eyes black; legs and feet bright orange.

Flanks barred black. In winter, sports orange-rufous ‘whiskers’ and ‘beard’.  paler, face and breast markings less clearly defined; has ‘whiskers’ and only a small black belly patch. Flanks barred brown. BP Bill short, arched, grey; eyes mid-brown; legs dull yellow-ochre. Vo Poorly documented. Harsh metallic creaking calls and accelerating series of harsh, rasping notes: rex rex rex. 90g. SD Breeds from Lake Baikal to Japan, wintering south to NE India and S China. In E Asia, summers across NE China, adjacent N Korea, Russian Far East to Sakhalin, and N Japan.

Vo Deep guttural calls usually given in morning, also low clucks, chuckles and a shrill squeal. Audible wing-whirring display. 015kg. SD Endemic to Taiwan. Monotypic. HH Only in high mountains, 1,600–3,300m. Prefers shady, dense forest (evergreen broadleaf and coniferous), but also secondary forest, scrub and bamboo. ID  elegant, long-tailed (49–53cm). Almost entirely steely blue-black with deep blue scallops on mantle, scapulars and rump, and prominent white wingbar on otherwise blue-black wings, and narrower white tips to secondaries and tertials.

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