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    Stunning Pictures, feel free to add some background, where taken and so on.

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    No, I can not claim ownership of these beautiful action photo's,but I thought you guys would also like it.
    tHIS FOLLOWING REMARKABLE SERIES OF PHOTOS OF A BIG LEOPARD CATCHING A Nile CROCODILE WAS SEND TO ME BY A FRIEND,AND i GLADLY SHARE IT WITH YOU.
    Truly a rare sighting!
    More wildlife photos to follow later...
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    This reworked story of mine was posted a while back on another site also,but I thought to share it here with you guys as well,as it is still relevant...

    [U]The cruel demise of ‘Aina Moja’ the caring Rhino
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    Safe on a huge 20 000 ha private game ranch in Limpopo, she lived in the beautiful Bushveld near Potgietersrus with her older sister and some 16 other members of her kind. Both sisters have a small Rhino calf of less than a year old, and they had separated themselves from the others to guard jealously over their small offspring.

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    As it is now July and winter time, the natural food is a bit sparse, so their caring owner are giving them each afternoon some additional game pellets to keep the mother’s conditioning up, as their two calves are still suckling.
    Then, after feeding time on the late afternoon of Friday 5 August 2011, some human filth like predators slink like hyenas out of the bush on this private animal sanctuary and cowardly slay the innocent older sister with an old .303 rifle, as well as gut shooting another pregnant rhino, who suffered a lot before she became too weak from her gunshot wounds [it transpired later that it was from a ‘stolen’ police R-5 [5.56 mm] automatic rifle] and her horn was then subsequently brutally sawn off while she was still alive!.
    The reason for these barbarian’s ‘bravery’ is the lure of the god Mammon offered by aliens to Africa from a country far away to the East.
    Though a developed and very modern race themselves, some of these eastern vultures still have a misguided believe in the magic aphorized qualities of the poor rhino’s horn.

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    The very next morning the crime has been discovered and a massive manhunt were launched by the police, nature conservation officers and others, where helicopters, armed trackers, dogs and 4x4’s were used. By that same Saturday evening, three of the armed gang of 11 perpetrators was apprehended in the remote and dense bush in a deep kloof [ravine] with the .303 rifle still in their possession.
    These three cowardly hyenas were then also found to be illegal immigrants from a Northern neighbouring country to my beautiful South Africa…..

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    Without any remorse about the killings/poaching as such, their only excuse was that they needed the money because they were ‘hungry’!
    As if that is a good enough reason to illegally go to another country and then criminally and heavily armed invade somebody else’s private property to commit such a hideous crime. Then in this ‘hunger ‘driven state they didn’t even ‘eat’ any of the meat,-but harvest only the horns?
    [Do they think us all senile like their own banana republic’s autocratic racist leader -for life -that they have fled from?]
    I arrived on this game ranch two weeks later on Friday 19/8/2011. There I witnessed a heartwarming and beautiful miracle of nature. The small calve of the slain mother rhino were feared to die, as he cannot be caught by hand and is still too small to safety dart to take to another location.
    On my arrival I was shown where the surviving sister had proudly taken over the role of surrogate mother for her and her late sister’s calves!
    She was promptly named Aina Moja [the kind one].

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    They were all in good health and seemed to have recovered from the trauma of the brutal poaching two weeks previously.
    In amazement about the caring nature of this rhino mother, I took a lot off photographs of her with her ‘new family.’[Her and her murdered sister’s calves]

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    With a song in my heart about the goodness of nature and the wonders of the wild, I left them and depart for my home far away.
    I was in shock after I received the phone call on Friday 26/8/11, and still have a lot of anger in me…..
    On the previous evening [Thursday 25/8/11] the poachers had struck once again and killed another rhino bull, as well as Aina Moja, [--both with multiple .375m wounds all over] and then hastily have sawn off their horns before fleeing cowardly away….
    Then just out of sheer spite or a senseless madness, this filth had also killed both her two innocent small calves that only wanted to stay near their mother as youngsters tend to do, in a brutal killing spree as well.
    [Both youngsters died from multiple light 5.56 mm assault rifle bullets from head to tail…] [both!!!]

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    As I sit here, I ponder about the meanness and greed of some people who deemed themselves to be above the law because of corruption, money, power or their own inflated and twisted ego’s.
    Is this the beginning of the end for free roaming wild animals as we know it?
    Will our children’s children still have the privilege to see these animals wandering free out in the wild?
    It is a huge financial expenditure for a private individual to buy, keep, breed and take care for these wild animals [e.g. Rhino’s], and nobody can continuously absorbs such huge monetary losses inflicted by these ruthless ‘hungry’ criminals.

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    Will we one day come to a point where it is just not economically viable anymore, or just too dangerous [as poachers are already shooting on sight at anybody who [even innocently] ‘surprise’ them in the poaching act] to try and keep such wild animals on private property?
    Mustn’t we start to adopt the same shoot to kill on sight of any poacher found on private or state game reserves as already implemented by some other African countries?
    [It is not as if anybody ‘by mistake’ climbs over a 2.5 m high 22 strand wire fence and also an electrified fence to boot carrying an illegal and unlicensed .303 or stolen R5 automatic rifles, to know that you are trespassing and up to no good!]

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    And what if in future there are only a couple of sad specimens of these once majestic and free roaming animals left in Zoo’s?
    [Rhinos are already being poached in South Africa alone at a rate of one Rhino per day [+ 380 p.a.] on average for the last couple of years!]
    How will these stinking rich hyenas [poaching cartels] then spend their money to satisfy their twisted ‘urges’?
    Start hunting humans?
    [Today human trafficking is already such a painful and shocking reality.
    And isn’t it so that most of the final destinations for these poor and unfortunate human trafficking victims are already to the very same countries as these illegally poached Rhino horns and Elephant tusks are going?]

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    Where will it end?
    Will it ever end before its too late?

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    What are we as ethical hunters going to do?
    What can we do?
    Jail time is like a hotel to them [though there is a big possibility of attracting Aids while ‘inside’…!]
    What really needs to be done is to get hold of the idiot bastards that advertise snorting rhino horn is better than Viagra..!
    Today I mourn you and your offspring Aina Moja [‘the kind one’], as you are no more……

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    May these human filth hyenas forever flee in terror before the wrath of the Lions!

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    Cat-fight!

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    Wow, powerful story. So sad what some will do without anything the even approaches human empathy.
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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    I will donate a portion from the sale of our new "Rhino" hitches to the cause. Please advise the best trustee for this.

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    WOW UNSEENONE,THAT'S TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!
    I will contact them and bring the two of you together, those Rhino anti-poaching/conservation guys put their lives daily on the line in the bush to protect the rhino's and need all the help they can get.
    I really , really appreciate this!
    Thank-you!

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    There is a pretty good documentary / movie you might want to try and see. I know often nobody in Africa sees the many films made there.. It is worth checking out, also they are trying to raise awareness and money. This touches on a number of issues in Africa and well worth your time. Some of this may possibly change or improve your views on a number of African issues.

    http://www.virungamovie.com/

    http://www.netflix.com/title/80009431

    If you have access to Netflix or other, you might look at this guy as well..

    http://machinegunpreacher.org/

    U toob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAEYNBOKsrg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_wWA2WaQyo


    If you are interested, you can check out this project I'm working on. Help is always welcome.

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    I saw good documentaries about poaching for ivory on Netflix also, with amazing photos and film of how big elephant's tusks used to get, when they lived so much longer.

    Same far-eastern people involved at the money end.

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    unseenone, I've checked the project out and are impressed!
    Having until recently nearly 20 years of experience in the practical feet on the ground daily welfare of underprivileged multi-cultural children , [not from an a/c office] we maybe have a lot in common on various levels on this topic...?
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