Thursday, January 19, 2012
Alan Gates writes:
"I have sad news that Aralbai has been diagnosed with throat cancer, he refused the laser treatment he was offered at the UB hospital because he believed that those that had had this type of treatment, die quicker.
"He has deteriorated a lot from the time I last hunted with him, and at the age of 54 it is far too young.
"I know you, like me have spent a lot of time with Aralbai, so I thought you should know."
I hunted (& ate sheep and drank vodka) with Aralbai the first time I went out to Mongolia in '97.
He has since taken out many of my friends, from Cat (who got in a horse race with his son, no longer a little kid!) to, particularly, Lauren, both on her first trip at 17 to her later Fulbright year.
He is also "The Coolest Man in the World".
I do not know if anything can be done for a brave friend but am asking Canat.
More photos by Cat below-- first is the boy in the upper, '97 one, all grown up... and here is Alan's link to him at the Festival of Falconry.
A last one by Lauren, letting his eagle go free after years of hunting, the Kazakh way: