At considerable personal risk, a Visnews cameraman on Feb. 27th obtained special coverage of the tiger hunt in Nepal watched by Queen Elizabeth, King Mahendra and the Duke of Edinburgh.
At considerable personal risk, a Visnews cameraman on Feb. 27th obtained special coverage of the tiger hunt in Nepal watched by Queen Elizabeth, King Mahendra and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Royal spectators were each on different elephants.
The hunt was dogged by misfortune. The Duke of Edinburgh, for whom it had been arranged, was not able to take part because of the whitlow on his trigger finger.
Three hundred and twenty seven elephants - including a team of highly trained beater elephants - took part. When the tigress came within range of the guns, the Foreign Secretary, Lord Home, was first to shoot. But his first three shots were wide. In desperation, the tigress attacked some of the beater elephants, tearing their ears.
Finally, three shots rang out at once, from the guns of Lord Home; Prince Philip's private treasurer, Rear Admiral Bonham Carter; and the Queen's Private secretary, Sir Michael Adeane, and the tigress fell dead.
The Commander-in-chief of the Nepalese army, General Nerr Shamsher, said that from the calibre of the bullet it could after all have been Lord Home who made the kill.
The Queen filmed the shoot with a still and a cine camera. The animal was eight feet sight inches long - a foot shorter than the one shot by the Duke at Jaipur, India.