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Biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years brings back memories of Cecil the lion
Exclusive: German hunter pays nearly £40,000 to shoot one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe, while conservationists and safari guides mourn the loss of ‘magnificent’ animal
It is an image that will haunt conservationists: one of Africa’s most majestic creatures lying dead on the ground as a white Western hunter poses proudly by its side.
Barely three months after the shooting of Cecil the lion caused global outrage, a German hunter has risked the wrath of animal lovers once more by shooting dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe.
Mystery surrounded the identity of the elephant, which was estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years old, but had never been seen before in Zimbabwe’s southern Gonarezhou National Park.
But its tusks, which almost touch the ground in a photograph taken moments after its shooting, confirmed its exceptional nature, weighing a combined 120lb.
It was shot on October 8 in a private hunting concession bordering Gonarezhou by a hunter who paid $60,000 (£39,000) for a permit to land a large bull elephant and was accompanied by a local, experienced professional hunter celebrated by the hunting community for finding his clients large elephants.
The German national, who the hunt’s organisers have refused to name, had travelled to Zimbabwe to conduct a 21-day game hunt including the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros.
Mystery surrounded the identity of the elephant
originally posted by: MrCrow
I won't star posts in this thread as I think this is a despicable act - no offence intended; I just find that human beings are always stooping to new lows
It saddens me that some humans have this sadistic pleasure in killing animals that pose no threat to them or anyone else.
originally posted by: Hyperia
An animal, which looking at facts, is a lot smarter than a human. If you look to a patriarch in the Animal Kingdom, there is only one, never peace, always fighting for the throne. Always trying to please the simple minded eager of being an animal, its a human facad on a simple minded primate.
Would a matriarch do the same thing, kill for pleasure? Highly unlikely, the society and its foundation is built by a patriarch structure, to support it we need a matriarch.
Enforce it, embrace it and enjoy it.