Score one for Mother Nature. Karma came calling for a (suspected) poacher, whose body was found in Kruger National Park, mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions.
According toThe remains were found at the weekend in the bush at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where animals have been poached in increasing numbers over recent years.
“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.
A loaded hunting rifle was found near the body on Saturday morning. Police are trying to establish the victim’s identity.
Last year, several lions were found poisoned near a farm in the same province with their heads and paws sawn off.
Lion body parts are used in traditional medicine.”
At least the lions were considerate enough to leave the man’s head for police to identify, which is more than we can say for the poachers who use the heads of these beautiful animals as “trophies.”
The lions, at least, didn’t kill their would-be attacker for “fun.” They made a meal of him, as nature and instinct commanded.
Humans are another story. If your “traditional medicine” requires that an animal is murdered for its paw, you don’t need a medical doctor – you need a psychiatrist. Frankly, send the “big game” hunters to a mental health professional too. If your “hobby” is flying to a beautiful location, tracking beautiful animals – and killing them for no other reason than your prurient, selfish, pleasure – you’re sick. As is the society that has a market for such abhorrent fare, thus coaxing some into “poaching.”
We will know the human race has taken a giant, evolutionarily, leap forward when we treat animals with the dignity and respect all creatures deserve. This time, at least, the animals got their “just desserts” – or dinner.
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