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On the hunt for a good shot

February 15, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

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Christian Grosh got to go hunting on safari with his family last summer - hunting with a camera, that is.

The 14-year-old Smithsburg area resident and his family went to Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania last July as his grandmother, Jane Hershey, fulfilled a long-time wish of going on safari.

"It was kind of deserty. There weren't many hills," said Christian, a freshman at St. Maria Goretti High School.

The family had a guide that drove them around in a Toyota Land Cruiser on dirt roads. They stayed in house tents - large, thick tents with showers.

In addition to taking some great photos, Christian and his family got to tag along with some members of the nomadic Hadzabe tribe as they hunted for food, said Christian's mother, Kristin Grosh.

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After the tribesmen killed a mongoose, they gave the Grosh children bows and arrows to practice shooting big game, she said. The tribesmen prepared the mongoose and two birds over a fire for a meal.

"They offered us a small portion and took the rest back to the women," she said.

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