Wildlife Turns Tables on Poachers

A few of humanity's worst citizens - poachers - snuck in to the Kruger National Park in South Africa in the middle of the night. They'd planned on checking traps, but instead found themselves in the deadly gaze of angry hippopotamuses. Hippos are the animal kingdom's number one killer of humans in Africa, so the men scattered. Two made it out alive; the third's remains were found, ostensibly devoured by lions.
This story should serve as a cautionary tale for any would-be poachers considering a career in illegal wildlife trade. While authorities may have their hands full when it comes to stopping [them], there remains a more natural form of justice, lurking among the wildlife so often pillaged--and in this case justice, like dinner, was served.

Link |  BBC Brasil Link (Well-Fed Lion Photo: laherenger's Photostream)

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What I don't get is why in every case, even of that of despicable behaviour (@ cola) some folks still insist that human life is supreme above all others.
We humans are doing a great job of slowly destroying ourselves as well as many other species, animal and plant alike. Humans are capable of great genocide against ourselves, all for the sake of human ego. While humans are capable of doing great good, the great good which is done is nearly almost always aimed at undoing the evils other humans have perpetrated!
Aniamls are devoid of the ability to inflict the immeasurable degree of suffering which of humans insist on inflicting on living creatures -human and nonhuman- every single day, either for money or ego or both. Our intelligence for developing technical gadgets, language and awarenesses are completely worthless when used for destructive purposes- which our race has been insisting on doing on the grandest of scales possible since anyone can remember, and continues to this very day. And that is just the flat truth about ourselves- Face It!!! So why, I ask you- are non-human animals always considered inferior in your eyes? If we had real brains -and if we could get around our own egos- we could actually learn something from them.
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ted, you jest, surely! The pirates have no idea how the magazine clearinghouse got your phone number.

Cola - standing up for the life of a poacher. Impressive. I get what you're saying, but, I think we can be comforted that more people are cheering for the animals. That's a good sign. What if everybody got angry that a hippo killed a poacher?
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That's the problem right there. What if it weren't a killer hippo, but an irascible Texan who shot the poacher on his front lawn?

Yes, there are other job opportunities for poachers. They could become pirates or telemarketers.

What's sad is that there's still a market for poachers to sell their stuff.
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Cole... they didn't get the "death penalty". Nobody decided to feed them to a lion. They were doing something that they knew what a)illegal and b)dangerous.
There are other ways these guys can make money. You're suggesting that the end justifies the means, which is a whole nother debate, but this one is pretty much summed up. All they were trying to do was kill some animals. And they got killed. I'm not happy that they died, but they definately deserved it. They went there to do harm, illegaly, and me a lion. Sorry, but I really have no sympathy. They shouldn't have been there, they certainly knew that, so good riddance to a couple of poacher/morons. We didn't need them in the gene pool anyway.
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