Animals massacring each other - but why?!

2014-07-17 15:33
Cape Town – Lions catching elephants, elephants trampling on rhinos. What next?!  

Over the past few days we were rather disturbed to stumble upon not one, not two, but three instances of the Big 5 turning on each other.  

First there was the series of images taken by go! reader Steph Walton of a beautiful maned lion taking down a young elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

In response to this we received a similar series of five photographs of a lioness attacking an elephant calf so young its tusks hadn’t even started to sprout, from News24 Reader, Gerald Hindes taken in Botswana’s Chobe Game Reserve. 

And just a few hours later, go! alerted us to a third scenario where an elephant bull in musth steamrolled a female black rhino WITH A CALF!

Seriously, animals, what’s going on?

In fact, we think this is an issue that needs to be addressed:

Lion vs young elephant in Hwange National Park by Steph Walton



Look lion, we know all about your instincts and how they kick in and are just so overwhelming you can’t even control them. And next thing you know you’ve killed a baby elephant. We understand, but seriously, haven’t you heard how African elephants are considered a ‘vulnerable’ species and could move up a notch to ‘endangered’ at any given moment?

Lioness vs elephant calf in Chobe National Park by Gerald Hindes



Lioness, we would much rather you had decided to herd the tuskless babe, than throttle it the way you did. You know, like a long-lost cousin of yours once did with a baby baboon. But, yes, we know. You’re a predator, that would be unnatural. 

 Elephant vs Rhino by Louis Kok 



So, while we can semi-excuse the king and queen for their brutality, mr. elephant-in-musth, you have a lot of explaining to do. As if rhinos aren’t facing enough hardship as is, what with the rhino death toll due to poaching standing at 558 already this year alone, you still have the nerve to trample on a rhino mom, leaving her baby to be orphaned. Really?!

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