When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Big Cats

You can envision Nature as this if you like...

You can envision Nature as this if you like…

The Blogbrother is fond of observing that his cat Zoe, enormous, declawed, fluffy and lazy lintball that she is, often looks at him as if she fantasizes being large enough to do what she really wants.

To wit, eat him and his whole family.

Now, his decadent lap-lazing lioness is unlikely to ever have such an opportunity, but actual lionesses are not so constrained. And as Africans will tell you, it’s Simba’s habitat, he and his clan just let you live in it.

Until the day they don’t, anymore.

…the attack happened in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park in KwaZulu-Natal province on Monday.

Agency spokesman Musa Mntambo said Wednesday that the 45-year-old employee was attacked after walking to a river to turn on a water pump servicing a nearby tourist lodge.

Kind of a quotidian activity to be about when the Reaper comes to you in the mantle of a large, hungry feline.

Mntambo says the female lion had tuberculosis and a leg injury, preventing it from hunting wildlife.

Jeez. Not only did she eat the poor guy, but he was probably her least preferred choice. (We initially wrote “last choice,” but that can be taken two ways, eh?)

The Ezemvelo agency says park staff killed the lion.

via Lion kills wildlife park employee in South Africa | Fox News.

Thinking about this, we just suffered the apparition of some 1930s black-and-white Great White Hunter movie, but remade with an all-Zulu cast.

“Once it’s gotten the taste of human, there’s nothing to do for it. She’s a man-eater now.”

“I’ll get my rifle. We’ve got to get this lion before it eats all the villagers!” Well, they did.

7 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Big Cats

  1. Mr. 308

    You ever catch the Survivorman episode where he stays the night in the Amazon rain forest and ends up having to depart early due to being stalked by a jaguar? He ends up getting tracked most of the way back to the local village, filming as he goes, the villagers then tell him they were having the same cat poking around there earlier. This is the guy who does the whole deal by himself – not even a camera crew. Most all these type shows are staged BS – this one I do believe was the real deal.

  2. mitch

    I know not all gun guys are hunters, but probably the best hunting books in the world are Jim Corbett’s works on hunting maneater tigers and leopards in India.
    Man-eaters of Kumaon is my favorite.
    Almost a yearly read.
    The Nation of India named their tiger preserve after him.

    1. Bibliotheca Servare

      “…The Nation of India named their Tiger preserve after him.” I giggled. That’s a bit like adding insult to injury, no? I approve. Also, look at the PAWS on that kitty cat! Shoot! (no pun intended)

  3. Miles

    Former, when living in the country, mousers (yes these country cats had a job, and they knew it) Miss Kitty, Tigger and Kalico Kat would apparently draw straws to see who would ambush me when walking from the house to shop.

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