Cincinnati Times Star in Cincinnati, Ohio
19 Apr 1958

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19 Apr 1958

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Cincinnati Times Star (Newspaper) - April 19, 1958, Cincinnati, OhioOr. Byron Bernard a the Globe trotting yet by Lee Allen or. Byron Wright Bernard the prominent Cincinnati veterinarian has had a life so far removed from the commonplace that he was once bitten by a Crocodile and he has a basement that contains aside from the usual Barking dogs to be found in animal hospitals wooden images patiently carved by the unhurried craftsmen of darkest Africa. A native of Wilmington 0., who grew up in Texas and received his omd from the University of Montreal in 1944, or. Bernard opened his first animal Hospital at 644 East Mcmillan st. In 1949 he added a second establishment at 1555 Dixie Highway in Park Hills by. The latter building once served As the st. Joseph nunnery. A Ruddy faced Man of 41 with Pale Green eyes he somewhat resembles a professional musician. Still single he is extremely devoted to the animals under his charge. As a boy in Texas he had a pet Fox and a collection of homed toads and it appears that animals have followed him around most of his life. His Mother mrs. Martha Wright Bernard is a member of the celebrated Wright family of Dayton and a second Cousin of Orville and Wilbur the aeronautical pioneers. She lives with her son at Park Hills where she has recently nursed Back to health a Blue Mustache Monkey that or. Bernard picked up during his african travels. Or. Bernard has visited Africa three times. In 1952 he journeyed to the belgian Congo. Three years later in the interests of photography and his animal collection he flew to Liberia to pick up some Piggy hippos and Rhinoceros. Then he went on to Stanleyville in the belgian Congo where he made movies of pygmies and saw a rare okapi a strange animal smaller than an of and resembling a Giraffe. He a sued for a permit to buy an okapi for the Cincinnati zoo which he serves As veterinarian but since the asking Price runs around $15000, the Purchase has not yet been al mph a of a \ it was on this trip that he was bitten by the Crocodile. While getting out of a dugout Canoe he stepped on the beast and almost had his big toe severed but he dosed himself with penicillin and effected a prompt recovery. On his third trip to Africa in 1957 he delivered 15 milk goats and $20,000 Worth of drugs to or. Albert Schweitzer the famed alsatian humanitarian who has been working in French equatorial Africa since before world War i. The climate in French equatorial Africa is fearful and 60 per cent of children die by the time they Are 16 because of Calcium shortage. Cattle cannot live there and goats native to the Region dry up Early. Or. Lent Johnston head of the armed forces Institute of pathology thought that nubian goats Long eared natives of East africans nubian desert might survive in the area. He got in touch with Fred Knoop a Cinci Natian who is president of the american milk Goat record association and editor of a quarterly farm journal. Knoop rounded up 15 of the goats and or. Bernard was delegated to deliver them. Delta steamship lines provided his transportation and the Farrell steamship lines arranged for his return. Studebaker pack Ard loaned or. Bernard a or. Schweitzer a work. The pictures will be shown in about two months on the network to program a bold a three year old Gorilla named Penelope now in the Cincinnati zoo and a gift from or. Schweitzer then joined or. Bernard in the front seat of the truck As he drove Down africans West coast to Leopold Ville. There Penelope was shipped to the Cincinnati zoo along with a 16-foot Python a deadly Horn Viper poisonous Snake from Gabon eight monkeys two Baboons and a Lizard. He then made the Long drive across Africa to Mombasa an extremely a times Stas letter photo. Or. Byron Bernard holding a knife used in tribal warfare in Central Africa sits in the basement of his Park Hills by animal Hospital As idols carved in mahogany by african natives provide background. Double decked truck. The top deck was packed with the drugs which were donated by pharmaceutical houses and the lower deck served As a Mobile barn for the goats. Or. Bernard drove the truck to new Orleans then boarded the Del Rio a freighter that took him to port Gentil on the coast of French equatorial Africa. It then became necessary to float the truck 120 Miles up the Gowe River to Lamberete where or. Schweitzer has his Headquarters. The goats were delivered safely and Are presumably still supplying milk for or. Schweitzer a patients. For a month or More or. Bernard remained at Lamberete where he aimed occurred at the Cincinnati zoo among three tigers. Two female tigers Sonya and India ganged up on Rajah a male and tried to drown him in the Pool in their outdoor Grotto. Because such cats Are continually pawing each other the keepers at first paid scant attention but after the gals forced Rajah Down into the Moat one at his Throat and the other holding his Hind legs Clarence White the superintendent was summoned. Or. White opened the Gates to the inner Den and the females thinking that this was the signal indicating soup was on went inside. Or. Bernard was then called and he managed to Lasso Rajah. He then injected an Anaesthetic sodium sur ital into his hip. It was found that Rajah a Windpipe had been punctured and one lung had already collapsed and he soon died. Life Magazine ran a pictorial spread on the incident. Or. Bernard once purchased a three year old cow named Patti Page with the idea of using her for dog food. But it developed that Patti had gangrene in one leg. She so won the veterinarians sympathy that far from using her for food he amputated the leg and constructed for her an artificial limb. This she wore happily for six years As she thoughtfully chewed her cud around the Lawn at her Park Hills Home and did not die until a year ago. Or. Bernard has a Fine collection of idols carved out of mahogany by natives in both French equatorial Africa and the Congo in addition to numerous implements of warfare. He also collects ancient musical instruments used by natives some of which do not even Bear names. Nor has he been cured of the african virus. Chances Are he will visit there again in a year or so because Miki Carter a photographer for the Tarzan pictures that Are filmed in Africa wants him to come there. They want to try to Cross the continent from West to East by boat ending up on the Nile. Channel chuckle saturday april if 1sm Cincinnati times Star hazardous journey. At one Point near b o n g 1 o in French equatorial Africa he was lost for nine Days and survived by drinking from the swamps and eating fruit and plants. In that part of Africa the Forest is so dense that one is unable to see the Sun clearly enough to locate his direction and compasses Are ineffective because. Of the prevalence of Load Stone in the area. He escaped by following water from the smaller streams to the larger and finally reached the safety of a Lake. All told his safari covered 6,000 Miles. Another event in or. Bernard a exotic life that attracted National attention was hie role in a fight on Channel 12. Dupont show of the month present Donald of Connor in a delightful Modem version of Victor Herbert 8 beloved musical fable about three american caught in the spell of a romantic dutch red Mill v also starring Shirley Jones i narrated byh Arpo Marx and Evelyn Rudie 7 30 tonight immediately following Dupont show tuned to Channel 12 at 9 put m. For High adventure with Lowell Thomas. A thrill hug Jungla Hunt for a vicious killer. See a trumpeting Herd of elephants Stampede a Man eating Tiger deep in the wilds of Northeast 12 Krc to a Stop me if you be heard this pm a buy u. S. Savings Bonds and Stamps

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