This BBC story about the poacher ‘killed’ by elephants and ‘eaten’ by lions is dead wrong.

Worse than wrong, even. It’s outright libel. Things didn’t happen that way.

A suspected rhino poacher has been trampled on by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Accomplice poachers told the victim’s family that he had been killed by an elephant on Tuesday. Relatives notified the park ranger.

A search party struggled to find the body but eventually found a human skull and a pair of trousers on Thursday.

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My official statement on the Copenhagen ‘baby giraffe culled, fed to lions’ thing.

I do not, in fact, object to a zoo giraffe being ‘culled,’ per se.  There was apparently a giant to-do over the entire thing; and while I understand the ‘save the cute baby giraffe’ impulse the zookeepers have a point: zoo animals have a bit of a genetic bottleneck situation going on.  And if you’re going to kill an animal, you shouldn’t just throw it away afterward. Lions, in point of fact, eat giraffes (when they can): it is not unreasonable thing to feed them freshly-killed giraffe meat. Continue reading My official statement on the Copenhagen ‘baby giraffe culled, fed to lions’ thing.




‘The lion, the midgets, and the wardrobe malfunction.’

Long story about the above – do yourself a favor and never let any email list get infected with an argument over which side would actually win this fight, because said argument will never, ever end – but I personally think that it’s an absolutely killer title.

I just don’t know what it would be about.