You would think that by the year 2020, trophy hunting would be a game of the past but there are people out there who are still running around, murdering defenseless animals and then cowardly attempting to justify it by calling it a "sport."
However, now that we've been in quarantine for a month or so, humans haven't had the opportunity to disturb wildlife as much as usual and it seems as though animals are using all the free space to their advantage.
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Lions are a trophy hunter's most challenging target.
via: GettyThe animals are often bred in captivity and are released into a fenced-off area where they are cornered in and gunned down by hunters.
These animals are actually bred to be hunted.
via: GettyAcross Africa, there are hundreds of breeding facilities that churn out thousands of innocent animals to be hunted. The animals involved are habituated from an early age, often through being hand-reared and bottle-fed, so that they are no longer naturally fearful of people, making them easy targets for a rifle or bow when it comes to the hunt.
Though partaking in the sport comes with a hefty price tag.
via: ShutterstockKeen hunters have been known to fork out tens of thousands of dollars just to corner an innocent and frightened animal and shoot it dead. What kind of satisfaction they get from it, I will never know.
The average price to hunt a lion in Africa is around $20,000.
via: GettyThat makes trophy hunting a booming business. The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike. People with time, money, and a lack of sanity to ensure the business keeps on giving.
People have long protested the act of trophy hunting and poaching.
via: GettyBecause, thankfully, we're not all barbaric monsters on this planet.
And Kruger Wildlife Park ensures the safety of their animals from hunters.
It is also one of the largest reserves in South Africa.
But the park has been closed to the public since 25th March.
And incredibly, they have been making good use of the space around them.
Naturally, Sowry was shocked to have stumbled across such a rare sight.
He then got out his phone to snap some photos.
And let me tell you, they are amazing.
@SANParksKNP The animals are loving having their turf back.— Heartbeat Of Africa (@Heartbeat Of Africa)1586967286.0
This user had a wave of inspiration...
@aaronmoloisi @SANParksKNP @ThembiMrototo Amen. #Covid_19 is putting into perspective what’s really important in li… https://t.co/uHx5IMQOtT— Lucky☘️ (@Lucky☘️)1587099783.0
The post has since racked up over 10 thousand likes.
@SANParksKNP @kgauzagp When animals get them space back. What a sight!! #lockdowneffect should persist for the sake of them animals— Chris Ismail ☯️ 📿 🐚 (@Chris Ismail ☯️ 📿 🐚)1587051765.0
Sowry told the BBC this:explained. "All animals have much more of an instinctive fear of people on foot, so if I had walked up they would never have allowed me to get so close."
Check them out:
via: TwitterOne user had some advice for us all after he saw these photographs: "Nice," he writes. "Virtual tourism is an ideal alternative avenue you could pursue during this sad time and after the lockdown. We need to keep in touch with nature and wildlife."
And this one is a good close-up:
via: TwitterAmazing, right?
These shots are incredible.
via: TwitterRichard was in the right place at the right time.
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