Who presented Tonga’s royal family with the animal that, when he died, was believed to be one of the longest-living animals on record?
Captain James Cook
Cook’s voyages were involved in another unusual first. The first recorded circumnavigation of the world by an animal was by Cook’s goat, who made that memorable journey twice; the first time on HMS Dolphin, under Samuel Wallis, and then aboard Endeavour. When they returned to England, Cook had the goat presented with a silver collar engraved with lines from Samuel Johnson: Perpetui, ambita bis terra, praemia lactis Haec habet altrici Capra secunda Jovis. She was put to pasture on Cook’s farm outside London, and was reportedly admitted to the privileges of the Royal Naval hospital at Greenwich. Cook’s journal recorded the date of the goat’s death: 28 March 1772.
Captain James Cook FRS RN (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.