by Veronica Chavez
Despite what sensationalized wildlife specials on TV would have you
believe, survival in the wild is not that much different than the way
it is in civilized society. While there isn’t an exact definition per
se, most people in the U.S. would probably agree that “surviving
successfully” is usually at least having enough food and water to live,
protecting yourself adequately from nature and her destructive ways, and
whenever possible, protecting your family and loved ones. Animals
survive in the same way. They hunt for food when they need to eat, they
build shelters to survive harsh winters and sweltering summers, and they
will do anything to protect those they care about.
Once you truly accept this reality, the ideology of poaching and trophy hunting seems so ridiculous. Essentially, poachers believe that for some reason they are above animals and will always be able to outsmart them and their survival instincts. Well, as a group of poachers in Zimbabwe recently found out, this is not always the case.
Even though hunting is outlawed within the national parks of Zimbabwe, ten men were illegally hunting for elephants last month within the park’s boundaries when they stumbled upon twenty adult Southwest African lions.
The pride of lions were not exactly, you know, expecting human
visitors, so they immediately attacked the intruders. The attack was so
instantaneous that five of the ten men were killed, three severely
injured, and two lightly injured. The animals were mostly unhurt. The
men who survived the attack ran to a nearby village for medical help
where they were promptly arrested. Ah, karma!..http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/pride-of-lions-kills-five-poachers/