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HUNTING FOR FUN: SPORT KILLING ANIMALS

Hunting is such a vital part of the natural world. It allows the circle of life to keep its motion, it has provided the birth of new ecosystems and opportunities for different species, but when it comes to humans and hunting it is often a very controversial topic and is one that is filled with many different shades of grey. With hunting being such a controversial topic at Wild Side we want to talk about the more controversial topic of an already disputed subject “Sport killing.” Not when it comes to humans’ sport killing or trophy hunting, but rather animals sport killing. Yes, believe it or not animals do hunt not just for food or protection but for sport and pleasure as well, and often their tactics are wildly disturbing to say the least. So lets get right into this. Which animals sport kill and why?

 

 

There are many animals that kill for sport so lets just talk about a few of them.

 

Dolphins

            Dolphins have been studied for a long time and for good reason. They’re smart, interesting, cute, and absolutely fucking ruthless. These water mammals that we see as such gentle and empathetic animals are also great at killing, tormenting, and raping. In a 1990’s study scientist found dolphins killing porpoises for no other reason then just pure enjoyment. Since this discovery dolphins activities have been under close watch. Dolphins have been known to kill and rape other dolphins and aquatic mammals, kill baby dolphins freeing up the females mating, and to kill members of other pods and play with their bodies in front of the attacked pod. Oh yeah, they also get high as balls on puffer fish. Yup dolphins have defiantly earned their name “ass hole of the sea”

Ants

            Ants are very similar to humans in the way they conquer. Being one of the only other species that goes to war ants will actually enslave their victims putting them to work until death then feeding on their dead bodies, and don’t try and refuse work after capture because you will just get eaten right away. Some ant colonies stretch out for miles conquering any other colony in their path. One of the largest wars on planet earth is one between two ant super colonies, the “California Large” is a colony made up of invasive Argentine Ants and it covers over 560 miles of the U.S west coast and are at war with a nearby Mexican super colony.

 

Cats

            Yes your sweet Mr. Fluffy is a cold hearted killer. Cats are responsible for 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion bird deaths a year in America alone and 6.9 billion to 20 billion small mammal deaths. (these ranges are for feral and non-feral cats.) These cute little serial killers have caused serious problems in eco systems, putting such a large hit in these bird and mammal population they are looked at as a serious threat. We all know how cats kill and display their victim’s carcass and for those who don’t know just imagine a child who draws on the wall and is proud of their art, but instead of a child it’s a cat displaying a colourful mixture of blood and guts on your front porch. So damn cute…

 

Chimpanzees

            Ok chimps are freakishly intriguing. They are similar humans, they are smart and showcase similar habits our human toddlers do, but we are not here to talk about how cute and smart they are. We are here to talk about the things you don’t see on M.V.P movies. Chimps are hardcore, vicious tree swinging primates. These crazy chimps will kill, torture, and rape other chimps for no reason at all. They will kill and eat baby chimps right in front of the mother and then rape the mother. They truly are disturbing considering that they are also animals we share such similar qualities with and are looked at as child hood heroes. Ahh nature you cold hearted bitch.

 

Lions

            Just like our Mr Fluffy house cat, lions are very similar. They will sport kill plains animals in Africa and will also kill baby lions to free up the females for mating. Lions are very beautiful and amazing animals. The movies will often portray them as a symbolic hero, but these kings of beasts are purely instinctual and live in the present. Simba could have been eaten just so his old man could get his groove on more time, thank god for Scar..

 

 Wolves

            Although wolves sport killing is a disputed topic, with some saying no they do not and some saying hell yeah they do, it is often the go to when we talk about sport killing animals. Wolves will often kill more then they need to eat, and for how many wolves we see attacking large game it is actually a rare occurrence and most of these wild K9’S feed on plenty of smaller animals and carcass remains. Some wolf packs have been recorded killing members of opposing packs for no other purpose then just showing dominance. Whether you agree or not on when it comes to wolfs surplus hunting they are a very interesting animals with habits that differ from pack to pack.

 

 

Elephants

That’s right even these vegetarian giants are up to no good when it comes to killing of other animals. In Africa elephants have been reportedly killing and raping rhinos. Yup that’s right these elephants are killing and raping rhinos. Some scientist believe that these elephants are acting out like this due to a lack of male influences in the young bulls life. With no older elephants around to smack them and show them “the way” these elephants are getting a testosterone confidence boost.

 

 Coo Coo Bird

            These birds are very interesting in the way that they feel so entitled. Coo Coo Birds will fly around until finding another birds nest which then they will throw out the eggs that lay in the nest. Then the Coo Coo will lay their own eggs in the nest then expect the rightful owner of the nest to take care of their eggs… Weird right. Well it gets weirder if the bird who just had their eggs crushed refuse to take care of the Coo Coo Birds eggs then the Coo Coo will attack and destroy the birds nest. Yup these self-centred birds will kill your babies, give you theirs, and when you refuse to take of them they will destroy your home. Awesome.

 

 

            These animals are just a few of the many that sport kill and kill for reasons other than food and protection. A lot of these actions are pure instinctual and completely natural. When it comes to humans’ trophy hunting and sport killing, we have separated our selves from our neighbouring crazy killers, a lot of the trophy hunting we see today is for reasons that we can save for a different day. The world is an amazing place and mother nature is an absolute beauty although she is cold hearted and sometimes terrifying its amazing how much we can learn about who we are and relate the things going on in our modern evolving world to what goes on in the natural world. As much as we hate to admit it we are all products of nature and we must never forget that.

 

Stay wild and stay safe.

POON LIM: A STORY OF SURVIVAL

                Being alone has its benefits, right? The peace and quiet. No one bothering you or asking you questions. Yeah being alone can be great it gives you time to really be with the person who matters the most…you! But what about being alone for 133 days. Not just alone but lost. Lost at sea, with no one around. Just you, the deep blue sea, and all the creature that live beneath the surface. How long could you be lost and alone before you became your own worst enemy? Or best friend? Well, there is a man named Poon Lim who lived this reality. Lost at sea for 133 days Lim’s story is an amazing one filled with fears, courage, and patients. This is a story of man vs himself vs nature and what he did to overcome many challenges and fears to stay alive. This is Poon Lim’s Story and his tales of survival.  

 

 

                Early life:  Poon Lim was born on March 8th, 1918 on an island south of China called Hainan. Unlike many children on his home island, Lim was very lucky to attend school in his early life, due to his loving brothers sending money from a factory job they where working. With a rising war against the Japanese knocking at their doorstep, Lim's father sent him away at age 16 to go live, and work on a British freight ship with his brother. With British sailors treating the Chinese like second class citizens, if lucky, Lim's living conditions where far from improved. With having his brother being by his side and reminding him “at least we don’t have to fight in the war” and although the living conditions where rough Lim found comfort in knowing that things could be worse. In 1937 Lim decided to leave the shipping industry and move to Hong Kong and enroll in mechanics school. But soon after Lim started getting settled down in Hong Kong, he was forced out again. With the Japanese army about to capture Hong Kong anytime, Lim decided to take a job with his cousin on yet another British freight ship. But with many of the British men gone to fight against the Germans in WW2, and the shipping companies need for workers, living and working conditions were greatly improved. So, to avoid war Lim went back to work on the ships.

 

 

                Life right before being lost at sea: Poon Lim was working onboard the SS Benlomond in 1942. The Benlomond was set to leave Cape town and arrive in New York making stops through South America along the way. On November 23rd, 1942 completing a whole 2/3rds of the voyage the SS Benlomond was gunned down by a German Nazi U boat. With all but Poon Lim falling to the depths 56 men died. 22 Chinese and 24 British. Lim told his story of jumping off the boat before the boilers exploded, grabbing life jackets to make a small raft. A few hours after the ship went down Lim was bobbing in the water and was lucky enough to come across an 8 foot by 8-foot emergency raft that was deployed during the attack. To his surprise, the raft was fully loaded with supplies. Like fresh water, biscuits, jerky, flares, flashlight, and some chocolate. As he floated off away from the wreckage the German U boat emerged from the water blowing right by him. With the thought of “why did they just leave me here instead of finishing me?” Lim soon realized that the Germans did not finish him… because the sea would.

 

 

            Life lost at sea: All alone on a small wooden raft Lim started to try and comprehend what to do now. He thought surely someone will come looking for the ship and the crew when it does not arrive at the docks. So with optimism and some hope Lim started to ration out his food. During his drift waiting for help Lim got hit with a nasty storm, throwing much of his remaining supplies off the raft and sailing him in unknown direction. After the storm had settled and Lim was recouped he came to the realization that he was lost at sea. During his 133 days Lim came into many situations and did many things that only a person pushed to survive would do. He made fake bird nest, drinking the blood and drying out the meat of seagulls that fell for his trap. Lim used the tin of the biscuit box that remained on his raft to make sharp hooks attaching them to the rope on the flashlight to makeshift his own fishing pole. He had sharks following him due to the blood of his catches. But Lim did not fear the sharks and instead grabbed a nail out of his raft and used it to hunt them. Supplying him with large amounts of fresh food to eat and hydrating blood to drink. Lim was afraid of the water so he tied a rope around his waist to keep him from falling in. But after a while, he became inspired by the water and decided to swim twice a day to keep his body and mind in tip-top shape. During his time on the waters, Lim came close to rescue three times but thought nobody picked him up due to him being Chinese. An American warplane flew over Lim at one point flying close to the water Lim waved his arms but soon after the plane passed by a storm picked up and took him further away from any chance of rescue. With everything going to hell and seemingly getting worse Lim still stayed strong and kept hunting and swimming.

 

 

                Being Rescued and Life after: Poon Lim was found floating 10 miles off Brazils coast on April 5th, 1943. The fishing family that found him brought him to a small town called Belem near the mouth of the Amazon river. When he landed on solid ground Lim was able to walk by himself and had only lost 20lbs during his castaway. After spending four weeks in a Brazilian hospital Lim was told that no one has ever been lost at sea alone for as long as he has. He replied, “I hope no one will ever have to break that record". He was sent back to Britain where he received the British Empire medal given to him by King George IV. The royal navy also included his tales of survival into their manual. Lim soon decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life in the United States where he eventually died in 1991 at the rightful age of 72. 

 

                Poon Lim’s story is an amazing one. It shows just how the power of perseverance and optimism can save your life, even in the worst of conditions. Lim was faced with conflict right from birth, always around war and discrimination. After being shot down, stuck in storms, and being ignored for rescue, Poon Lim worked with what he was given and adapted to his surrounding. The waters he once feared he conquered and thrived. Lim’s story of survival one that is truly wild.

 

BE LIKE POON AND BE WILD.