Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wild Animals

Dallas Zoo Can't Explain Why Lion Turned On Lion

It is a rare event for a male lion to kill a female, but they are wild animals in cages... maybe it was a psychotic break.

Then again, is a zoo any less dangerous that being out in the wild with trophy hunters like this woman who will shoot anything that moves...

This is her story if you're interested:

Lion Huntress Melissa Bachman Slammed For Killing Big Cats In South Africa


At November 19, 2013 5:13 PM, Blogger Robin said...

The lion killing the lioness... bizarre. I am so glad I didn't see that (not that I live in Dallas). But still. And I didn't even read about the trophy hunter. I have zero respect for those folks.

At November 19, 2013 6:08 PM, Anonymous Jan said...

Very weird. It has always seemed to me than the lionesses ruled the territory when they were put together.

At November 19, 2013 6:31 PM, Blogger Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Anything can happen to those locked in cages.

At November 20, 2013 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up hunting, our family lived on the meat. Bur for me, there was never any joy, any glee, at that critical moment. I have no pictures of me next to a kill, nor do I wish to have any. I was happy we got the meat, we needed it, but not that a life was taken, to do it. For me me, life is sacred, all life. And, I have seen too much of it wasted, human and animal. Taking the life of an animal, where there is no need, for a head, a rack, to me, is no sport. Just me.

As for the mail lion in the cage killing the female, a cage is not, a normal environment. And I doubt, that lion had a normal, upbringing, for a lion to be, normal.


At November 20, 2013 2:47 AM, Blogger cube said...

Robin: I agree with you about not wanting to watch the scene of the kill, but, as someone with a biology degree, I'm conflicted about people who shoot animals to cull the herd. Sometimes it's necessary.

At November 20, 2013 2:51 AM, Blogger cube said...

Jan: You're right. It's very weird. In fact, one of the zookeepers in the article said he'd worked in zoos for 35 years and he never saw this happen before. Males will kill males, but they don't usually kill females.

At November 20, 2013 2:58 AM, Blogger cube said...

Woodsterman (Odie): That's true... look at prisons.
There are some zoos that take great expense to make their habitats as normal as possible in captivity. Busch Gardens, here in Tampa, has done so over the years.

I wonder, wouldn't that be better than risking getting shot at by the Lioness Hunter?

At November 20, 2013 3:09 AM, Blogger cube said...

Anonymous (BW): I understand your position. I'm an avid shooter, but I wouldn't shoot an animal I wouldn't eat. That excludes everything but a wild hog/boar or a turkey. That's just me and my tastes.

Who knows about the caging causing the incident... they used to be in cages, but now their habitats are the most humane that have ever been.

At November 20, 2013 4:23 AM, Blogger DaBlade said...

Two males and one female in the enclosure. Would have made sense had one male killed the other. At least I know from NatGeoWild that this happens with Grizzlies. But why would one male kill the only lioness? Sounds like he is suffering from a case of limp paw.

At November 20, 2013 5:35 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

There was an event at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., too: a zebra attacked a zookeeper.

Cue Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)!

At November 20, 2013 9:46 AM, Blogger sue hanes said...

Cube - I hate to see animals killed for sport. And I also get a guilty feeling when I go to a zoo - seeng those beautiful animals caged just so we can get a look at them.

At November 21, 2013 7:25 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

We will never know...could have been a mercy killing.

At November 22, 2013 2:24 PM, Blogger cube said...

DaBlade: Don't they have drugs for that now? Catalis, Catagra, et al.

At November 22, 2013 2:26 PM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: cue Hitchcock... lol. Yeah, maybe we should. Zebras aren't known to attack zookeepers. What is going on?

At November 22, 2013 2:28 PM, Blogger cube said...

Sue Hanes: Some zoos are as humane as possible for some animals that can't be released into the wild. At Busch Gardens, here in Tampa, the large animals have extensive habitats and are cared for as humanely as possible.

At November 22, 2013 2:29 PM, Blogger cube said...

Granny Annie: You're right, we won't ever know what happened.

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