British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger - NEVER reads Direct Messages
2138 days ago
River is Uganda/DRC border. Spotted snare on this hippo's leg. Hope vet will have removed by now. Poachers. Bah!
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Have you ever heard of skinny pigs? I suggest you google them if you've never seen one. Very similar except the size!
Thought it was the ex mother-in-law if the case leave the snare on!!
Some campsites in parks put these traps around as an alternative to fences. illegal & very sad. But Hippos r dangerous. I wonder if this trip included Murchison Falls?
Imagine being killed because your teeth contain "second class" value...does that make you "second class" dead...oh, there are many ways in which I could use that phrase to describe nasty happening for poachers who are caught and punished, but instead I'll
that's a tragic picture. Stephen, have you read Blood River/ http://icanhaz.com/bloodriver highly recommended if not
Another truly sad aspect of this whole thing is what the poacher gets paid to kill any of these animals, whether it be hippos, elephants or rhino. I think I read somewhere that they get about $10 per kill. That's £6.50 (or there about) for the life of an
Blast! Link doesn't work, here is original URL for hippo story http://www.museum.za.net/content/view/52/1/
As a child, born & raised in East London South Africa, we were told this, a true story of a wandering hippo. Link if interested http://tinyurl.com/6reozk
What an absolutely amazing picture. I've always wondered about hippos. They are so dangerous and yet seem so harmless.
Simply heartbreaking. Also that medicinal qualities are attributed to rhino horn (essentially keratin) is doubly so.
Hippo ivory is from their teeth - it's considered "second class ivory" compared to elephant's, but still valuable enough, sadly. Rhinos are poached for their horns, which are made of hair.
I see you've all been spying on me bathing again! Uhhh privacy guys! :P
Fantastic picture - poor hippo! If only these animals understood borders eh?
How beautiful and serene! Love this pic, Mr Fry. xxx
I heart hippos. They seem sweet and tranquil despite their size and strength. *tickles their ears*
As Mitch Hedberg said, "Is a hippopotamus just a really cool opotamus?"
I always imagine hippo's in pink tutu's damn you Walt Disney :)
*sigh* I've always loved Hippos.
damn the buyers --- I hope they got it off, they look so sweet and harmless
damn poachers, how can they do that I don't understand - buyers are to blame
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