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The Story of Jim Fouler and the Harpy Eagle

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Published: 20th of March, 2023 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: May 7, 2023 at 17:27 pm

When Guyanese say, “Boi you gat belly” or “you have guts,” it doesn’t mean that one has a big stomach or a big tummy. It means that one has the courage to do things others might be afraid to do, or that you are courageous.

In photo we have Jim Fouler who visited the Rupununi in the year 1959. While here, he climbed some of the biggest and tallest Ceiba trees to trap some harpy eagles. Mr Manoel Hendricks recalls seeing him walking on branches without fear or support.

The harpy in photo was captured in Moco Moco Village. I’m fortunate to have a photo of this brave man who once walked on this land.

Unfortunately Jim passed away a few months after sending this photo. Big up.

Story reprinted and slightly edited with permission from Mr. Guy Fredericks.

Editor’s Note: “Big up” is a Guyanese slang which is used to exalt, praise, or glorify someone.

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