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May 2003

And Chico Makes Three

Anne Cary Maudslay, newly married to English archaeologist Alfred Maudslay, admires an eighth-century Maya stela at Quiriguá, Guatemala, southeast of Aguateca, in 1894. While Mr. Maudslay busied himself with Quiriguá's carvings—including the tallest stela in the Maya world, more than twice the height of this one—his wife cooked, gave first aid to the locals, wrote detailed journals, and adopted a baby squirrel she named Chico. "When not cuddled up asleep in my hand," she wrote, "he was rushing about the house, prying into all corners, amusing my lonely days by his pretty ways." Chico lived two years as their pet back in England.
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Photograph courtesy the British Museum, London