Only identical-looking animals, their faces, and where applicable, horns, in symmetry with each other were seen as worthy of the taxidermist. In many cases, it took years and even decades before the right likeness was discovered and shot. The royal hunting party never shot game indiscriminately. It was a civilized hobbyists’ hunt with a very pointed quest. A shot wasn’t fired until a hunter found the physical identikit that he and often- she, (Bikaner’s queens and princesses tended to be the more excellent shots) desired.