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Famed taxidermist Carl Akeley poses in 1896 with the leopard he killed with his bare hands. “They ended up fighting it out to the death… literally, hand-to-hand combat with a leopard,” says Akeley’s biographer.

Famed taxidermist Carl Akeley poses in 1896 with the leopard he killed with his bare hands. “They ended up fighting it out to the death… literally, hand-to-hand combat with a leopard,” says Akeley’s biographer.