Karma’s a bitch. pic.twitter.com/chSVOQPJBN
— Akki (@AkkiJ_) December 26, 2018
I’m sure that a number of you saw this today.
And if you were like me you kind of hoped the lion…you know…murdered them.
Should I feel bad for that? Probably.
Anyhow as it turns out the whole thing was a fraud.
Here is more from our friends over at Snopes:
On 7 June 2016, YouTube user Jayden Tanner published a video purportedly showing “leaked” footage of a trophy hunter being attacked by a lion while posing for a photograph with another lion she had allegedly killed.
The video was accompanied by the hashtag #stoptrophyhunting, and was shared with a message claiming that the video was taken in South Africa:
“I managed to get my hands on this video when I was in South Africa a couple of months ago, a hunter showed me and thought it was hilarious. For me this video highlights a distressing situation that the world needs to see.
Every year trophy hunters kill thousands of exotic wild animals in Africa, this combined with poaching poses a serious threat to the survival of our most loved and endangered species. We have to stop this now. Animals are also bred in captivity for the sole purpose of being hunted by tourists who are willing to pay the high price tag, a lion hunt can cost a trophy hunter up to $35’000.
We need to raise awareness around this issue. Please share and save our wildlife.”
This video does not show a real incident. In addition to some problems with the optics — the lion makes its way from the horizon to the camera at an alarmingly fast (and quiet) rate — this footage used an image of a lion that was killed in 2013, not 2016 as claimed in the YouTube message.
You can see that original 2016 YouTube video below.
Okay, so I think most of us are a little relieved to learn that the video is fake, after all getting ripped to shreds by a lion is probably not anybody’s idea of an easy death.
But then, on the other hand, it’s possible that a number of you are also thinking that, yeah it’s a terrible way to die, but then so is being shot multiple times by an amateur hunter while trying to take a piss on the Serengeti.
And besides, you know, karma.
If it makes some of you feel any better, while this video is fake, there HAVE been a number of reports that lions have killed both trophy hunters and poachers. (You can read one such story by clicking here.)
My personal thought is that yeah it would be absolutely terrifying to be devoured by a ravenous lion, but if I were tromping through Africa trying to kill one so that my friends back home would think I was a real man, well then I should kind of be prepared to end up on the wall of a lion’s den making all of HIS friends think HE is a badass lion.