Today I was walking back to the office after my lunch break. It was blazing hot in the sunshine so I was navigating the shadows where they were available. Just as I rounded the corner in front of our office a woman sitting under a tree across the street stood up and started walking in my direction with a fat little baby on her hip. As she got close she asked me to stop and said in broken French, “I have lion’s teeth for sale. Would you like to buy them?” I replied, “No ma’am, not today but thank you very much.”
It reminds me of the time that someone in my building tried to sell me a leopard head. And was it just this week that someone in the office was telling me that they are astonished that ivory is illegal to import into the USA, “There are so many elephants and sometimes they just die of natural causes… so why shouldn’t we wear ivory bracelets and make carvings?” I haven’t seen any jungle elephants walking through town coughing and sneezing.