HBD: Human Biodiversity

Wildlife of Zimbabwe

The Mail Online has published truly startling images from the former Rhodesia. Life there seems to be returning to whence it came

For us it is a saddening sight -- a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age.

But for the starving of Zimbabwe, it was little short of a miracle.

The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery.

Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.

Fights broke out as villagers battled to strip chunks of flesh from the animal and drag them away to feed their families.

It took just one hour and 47 minutes for the 13ft-tall elephant to be reduced to a skeleton.

The Mail apologized for showing these photos to its readers.  

I, for one, think colonialism is to blame!