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Kurt Stunzner was happiest when he was managing or caring for animals. As a young man in Samoa he had kept a menagerie of pets, including pheasants, a turtle, and a young flying fox. In the 1920s he worked for a time at the Dusseldorf Zoo. When Kurt returned to Samoa after internment he steered back towards agricultural and livestock work.

Kurt Stunzner’s tender feeling for animals glows from this image like a soft light. It shows him with baby seagulls at Somes Island.

Credit: Riethmaier Family Collection; restored by T.Brunt 2013.

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