Man, by nature is a narcissistic creature. We have colonized all the surface of the planet either directly or indirectly.
Directly in the sense that we have removed all wild animals and plants within certain geographical locations (cities, towns). Indirectly by cordoning off the wild nature within certain locations (nature reserves, parks).
All that is on Earth is our for the taking, which is not something unnatural given we are the apex predator sitting at the very top of the food chain. The problem is, all we consistently do is take, then take some more, in such a way that nature cannot replenish fast enough.
I am talking about unchecked poaching. Where are the mountain lions and bison in America? Where are the swarms of flamingo that temporarily blocked out the Sun when they flew above migrating back and forth between Lake Nakuru and Lake Magadi? Well, you get the point!
Humans have porched and driven some wild animals and plants to extinction and a good number are n the brink of extinction. That is the case for the African elephant and rhino population. They are on the brink of extinction.
Well, an interesting thing happened recently at the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The hunter became the hunted; an elephant is reported to have trampled on a poacher. Then a pride of lions feasted on the poacher’s corpse.
That is according to report by the accomplice poachers narrating how their partner in the crime of poaching met his untimely death. They reported their colleague met his death after being trampled on by an elephant.
His family then notified the park ranger, and a search party was sent out to retrieve either an injured man or his body. The search party only found a human skull and a pair of trousers. The managing executive of the park sent condolences to the family.
“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise. It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that, said the Kruger Park’s managing exec.
The park, like many others across Africa, faces an ongoing problem with poachers who mainly target rhinos and elephants for their horns and tasks. The Asian market continues to be a big market for these contrabands merchandize poached from Africa.
Just last Saturday, Hong Kong airport authorities seized contraband of rhino horns worth $2.1 million. The biggest single seizure the country has made in the last five years.