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Emotions and Nature, Not Always a Good Combination

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Emotions and Nature, Not Always a Good Combination

For the casual viewers of Africam, these past few days of watching and listening to Nkorho Pan may have been more than they bargained for. The sounds and sights have been both emotional and amazing, leaving life long impressions behind. The recent lion fights not only brought havoc and death among the two male coalitions, but many viewers were left shaking their heads and wondering how nature could be so cruel. Onlookers were shocked, listeners were paralyzed in disbelief, and all felt the ominous power in the air.

The fight at Nkorho ended with the life of one of the toughest members of the Mapogo coalition meeting his death, referred to by some as Kinky Tail.This particular group has spent many years terrorizing, murdering and maiming many of their own kind over the years. They have killed males, females... and many innocent cubs.These are the fellows that make up these dreaded coalitions... the outcasts, the wanderers, the frustrated and feared. While they may not have a pride of their own, they are still strong and menacing, perhaps even more so than most males. While we witnessed the death of Kinky Tail, it was but a small part of the picture that will begin to unfold around Nkorho and neighboring preserves as this new coalition begins to roam and challenge all that get in their way. But it was not an easy experience to be a part of.

We as humans live with emotion as one of our barometers on life. If something brings us happiness and fulfillment we tend to keep it close and take care of it. If something brings fear and sadness, we do our best to fix it or get rid of it. If for one minute we can take the emotion out of what we heard on the night of Kinky Tail's demise, some of us will begin to appreciate the momentous event that we witnessed and perhaps  begin to understand how nature takes care of itself.

A lions life is not one of leisure and inherited superiority as we are often led to believe. A fight to the death between adult males is not uncommon, and expected as a pride develops. Its something they face over and over again throughout their entire adult life. The strongest and healthiest will prevail...always. Without that guarantee, the future of the entire species would be in jeopardy. We view the lion as not only beautiful, but regal and intimidating, the top species in the animal world, all well earned titles. He is at the top of the food chain when he is at his best, other species rarely challenge him. If they do, they always bring their friends...

Unfortunately, this recent event resulting in death may just be the crack on the surface as the balance of the lion prides begin to be shaken and be reestablished. Females and the cubs fathered by other males may be killed if the new lions take over the area, appearing as cruel and unacceptable behavior. But the lion world has its own version of life. By eliminating the cubs fathered by other males, the new males will ensure their own offspring will continue the lifeline, the same goal the Mapogos have had and others will in the future.

Getting emotianally attached to the wild animals of nature is but a mere defect in the human make up. We name them, we ooh and awe over the babies, we worry, we cry. The animals don't do this...they fight to the death for the right to survive, they are shaken and beat down, and then they get up and try again, and try once again...and ultimately try again until the toughest, smartest and healthiest are left standing tall.

While some called this deceased lion Kinky Tail, he is only known by that name among those of us that watched him. In the world of lions he was an outcast that joined up with others of the same and together they did the only thing they could to survive, hunt, kill and try every single day to take control of a pride and dominate that territory to ensure their lineage. Cruel? Depends on which end of the animal kingdom you watched from. Tearful? Emotional? Yes...indeed it was, for the loss of any animal is hard, whether he is respected or hated.

The lion kingdom of South Africa and the surrounding areas will thrive, change, move, and suffer loss just as they have for hundreds of years and will for hundreds more to come. Will the Mapogo coalition go down in history as the most evil yet? We may never know, as there were many more coalitions that wandered the land before we kept records, and those groups may have even been worse. But years down the road when we ponder the changes, we will see that the survivors of each generation are indeed the best of the breed.

The lion...claiming the title of king of the animal world, will continue to fight with determination and wisdom and often times cruelty, but in the end he will still be standing, strong, respected, and wearing the crown he has fought so hard to keep.

rblank's picture

One of the key purposes of

One of the key purposes of the human experience is to utilize all of the gifts we've been given to create a strong, healthy, and harmonious human world, that is intimately linked to the rest of life and creation, for ourselves and the generations to come - just as all species have this same purpose. Emotions are part and parcel of this - as is the ability to contemplate ourselves apart from AND part of our environment. Yet, once we begin to project our own selves onto the animal kingdom, for instance, we cause more damage than good. And, as this great piece illustrates, it is flawed because every species has a way of doing things that nature has built into them. The real question we may want to ask is whether or not, over time, animals learn from their behavior, how they might do this, and what role - for good or ill - humans play in this circle of interconnected life. As the writer states, leaving our emotions at the door - as they often propel us to 'step in' where that is uncalled for - is an important step in being able to observe, learn, and appreciate the ways in which lions act according to nature's foundations for themselves.

katip's picture

Thank you for these wise

Thank you for these wise words! That's how it all goes. We humans just try to understand nature  through our emotions. The fight was a very educational experience and made us think more deeply laws of nature. I'm very grateful of having possibility to follow the lions' story...and it has not ended yet.




ryankurt20's picture

Oh yesss ! Very well written

Oh yesss ! Very well written !!!

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rozkay's picture

Very well said. Thank you. 

Very well said. Thank you.  We are observers, not keepers.

RamblingRose's picture

yes, well said.  Thanks for

yes, well said.  Thanks for keeping things in perspective regarding this wild tale.  It is difficult not to get clouded over in emotion for these beautiful creatures.

donnabac's picture

Thank you for saying it so

Thank you for saying it so well.


effy's picture

I think this was very well

I think this was very well written and the case well put - let's be honest those of us that don't live in the environment would really like to think that all the animals die of a heart attack - quickly and relatively painlessly - but we all know that this sn't really true.

Nature can be brutal at times - just like the human race - only difference is that in the main animals do it for a real purpose as oppossed to the human race which does so many things mindlessly .......

nickgriffin's picture

Very well written and worded

Very well written and worded as usual

Nick Griffin

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