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  • "'... I celebrated the occasion by indulging myself in an emerald... I shall wrap it in jewellers' cotton wool, enclose it in a packet... and beg you to accept it as a small token of my esteem—a trifling return for Ardea goliath.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 227

    Giant African heron.

    March 28, 2008