Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, August 12, 1915: Crean’s dogs

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary, published as “Elephant Island and Beyond”–

“12 August. The dogs are rather troublesome again. Not content with fighting amongst themselves one of them, Surly (who is really not a bit surly) bit his master, Tom Crean, whilst out sledging. This is quite unprecedented. They have occasionally bitten some of the crew but there has never been a case of master-biting before. Poor Surly got a very severe hiding for it, but Crean had to have the bits attended to by the doctor–one on the arm and one on the thigh.”

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