Tourist Killed by Lions

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  1. AfricaHunting.com

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    Wow. That's about all i have to say. That guy made a mistake...big time.
     
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    Well lions have to eat too!

    OK.....I am sure that will get some flack so let me try and soften my tactless response. Of course I feel sorry for the guy getting shredded and his poor family having to watch it. But really.........this was a bad case of 'dumb and dumber'.

    Not sure what happened with this in the end, but probably the lions got euthanized for some urban tourist doing something really stupid. They do it every year all over the world. Walking up to big game with camera in hand.....bears, bison bulls, cow elk with calves, moose and elk bulls during the rut.....and lions.

    Call me an insensitive lout, but I have a hard time drumming up a lot of honest to goodness sympathy for people that do really stupid things.
     
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    Like Skyline the only ones I have any real sympathy for are his wife and kids as they were involuntarily placed in the position to watch a fool's final act.

    Yeah, okay, we've all done foolish things, but there really are some limits. Even for foolishness.

    "Here kitty, kitty, pose for the camera."
     
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    Hard to feel bad for this jackass. :samurai:
     
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    How close does one really need to be to get good pictures or footage?
     
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    I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, I feel sorry for the guy. On the other hand, the gene pool got cleaned up a bit.
     
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    We are responsible for every decision we make, no matter how good or bad. However, I would not wish that on anyone, no matter how stupid.
     
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    I don't think anyone would wish this on anyone, as you say no matter how stupid. However I have to agree with Sky on this one. The guy was simply asking to get slammed. A woman was killed by elephants just a month ago in one of the parks the same way, walking too close the elephants with a stupid camera. Yellowstone gets people scratched every year because of nothing more than stupidity.

    Like someone above said, the ones I really feel for are the wife, and kids who had to sit there while the lions feasted on old dad. The film was graphic, to say the least, but should be shown in every school in the world to show kids that they need to understand that park animals are not pets, and will absolutely kill you even faster than those out in the bush. Park animals have lost their fear of man, and lions didn't have much in the first place. They are the top of the food chain, they simply look at you as a well cooked steak!

    As someone else said, the lions were most likely taken out, because of this idiot's actions, and that is a shame! :thumbdown:
     
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    DUGABOY. . . my sentiments exactly!
     
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    Valid points ....
     
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    What Can i say they probably shot the lions for this person's stupid mistake. Most people dont know this but we have tested this when a female lioness sees you and stands up from that point it will take her 2.5 seconds to reach 60km/h.
     
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    The stupid guy probably died, his family is in shock and the lion (who already had a shitty life in that cage) was sort of shot by a 9mm handgun and died slowly and in a lot of pain ... nice going of this guy ...
     
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    Ya just can"t fix stupid
     
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    Well it’s not pretty and not the lion king either but I am sure the greenies will be able to say that wild animals and humans should go hand in hand I mean what have we got to fear from them anyway LOL!
    Just my 2 cents.
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    Man Eaters Of Tsavo by John Banovich

    "Man Eaters Of Tsavo" by famous Wildlife Artisit John Banovich. Check out his amazing work on his website at www.johnbanovich.com.

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    I am reading that book now! I agree with with your comments Dugaboy1.
     
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    Here is a picture of the actual taxidermy Lions "The Tsavo Man-Eaters" which are on display at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.

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    The Tsavo Man-Eaters were a pair of notorious man-eating lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway, from March through December 1898.

    In March 1898 the British started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya. The project was led by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson. During the next nine months of construction period, two maneless male lions (Tsavo lions), stalked the campsite, dragging Indian workers from their tents at night and devouring them. Crews tried to scare off the lions and built campfires and bomas of thorn fences around their camp for protection, to keep the maneaters out; but to no avail. The lions crawled through the thorn fences. After the new attacks, hundreds of workers fled from Tsavo, halting construction on the bridge. Patterson set traps and tried several times to ambush the lions at night from a tree. After repeated unsuccessful endeavors, he shot the first lion on 9 December, 1898. Three weeks later, the second lion was found and killed. The first lion killed measured nine feet, eight inches (3 meters) from nose to tip of tail. It took eight men to carry the carcass back to camp. The construction crew returned and completed the bridge in February 1899. The exact number of people killed by the lions is unclear. Over the course of his life, Patterson gave several figures, once claiming that there were 135 victims. Recent research speculates that the number was probably closer to 35 (although the lions had probably killed more people before the Tsavo incident). This figure also does not take into account persons killed and not eaten by the lions.

    Patterson writes in his account that he wounded the first lion with one bullet from a Martini-Enfield chambered in .303 caliber. This shot struck the lion in the hindquarters, but it escaped. Later, it returned at night and began stalking Patterson as he tried to hunt it. He shot it with a .303 Lee Enfield several times, tracked it the next morning, and found it dead. In all, he had shot it 5 times. The second lion was shot 5 times with a .303 Lee Enfield, but it got up and charged him in severely crippled condition, whereupon he shot it three more times with the Martini-Henry carbine, twice in the chest, and once in the head, which killed it. He claimed it died gnawing on a fallen tree branch, still trying to reach him.

    After 25 years as Patterson's floor rugs, the lions' skins were sold to the Chicago Field Museum in 1924 for a sum of US$ 5,000. The lions' skins arrived at the museum in very poor condition. The lions were then reconstructed and are now on permanent display along with the original skulls. The mounted lions are smaller than the monstrous measurements Patterson reported, whether because he exaggerated their size in the field or because they had been trimmed to serve as trophy rugs in Patterson’s home.

    Patterson's accounts were published in his 1907 book The Man-Eaters of Tsavo. Here you can read the entire online digitized book The Man-eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures by John Henry Patterson (1867-1947).
     
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    PET LIONS GETTING DANGROUS

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    People mustn't think that animals which are bred in captivity aren't dangerous like other wild animals, example lions which are bred for so called canned hunting! These are photos of a person killed by lions which are bred in captivity. I don't agree with canned hunting.

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