Mules, Dogs, Pigeons, Goats, and One Unhappy Rhinoceros

I’m reading a history of US Army cargo ships in World War II that notes, in passing, that in addition to the four-legged passengers on its seventeen specialized mule-carrying ships (mostly modified Liberty ships), the Army also shipped dogs, pigeons, goats, and one unhappy rhinoceros that was en route from Calcutta to the United States aboard the mule carrier Virginian when it died.

There has got to be a story in there, somewhere.

(Wondering how you make a specialized mule-carrying ship? Apparently it involves adding wooden stalls and hay racks, as well as what the report calls “manure ports.”)

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