I had no idea that this morning I was going to come across a tweet on Twitter from a well meaning person, but obviously this person has no idea at all on the impact that the encroachment of man has had on nature or the wild life that survive in nature.
His point is and I quote “wrong, there are plenty of examples of co-habitation” and this is in response to my tweet regarding the encroachment of mankind into the domain of the wilds. I suppose everyone has their own point of view on this subject, depending on where you live. If you live in an area where there are no predators or carnivores, then yes the deer and the elk will co-exist with you as they are herbivores. The vervet monkey co-exists with us but a predator remains a predator and to my knowledge there are no examples of co-habitation between man and predator, unless one or the other is in a cage with steel bars.
A great example of co-habitation is a farm…domesticated animals but co-habitation with the Big Five or any predator unless they are in a zoo or nature reserve (controlled environment) is not possible.
Try telling the farmer who is losing his live stock to marauding lions that this is an example of co-habitation. Take the young husband, who has just lost his wife to a Nile crocodile while she was doing the washing down at the river that it is okay, after all this is an example of co-habitation or for that matter, the villagers who live in fear as night falls because they know a man-eater is on the hunt, or the old man who lost a son to an enraged elephant as he tried to chase the mighty animal from the banana plantation.
The family of the tourist who got out of his car to film a pride of lion around their kill and got taken out by a lioness don’t believe in co-habitation, and as for the lioness, no-one told her that we are living in co-habitation, nor did anyone tell the lion pride that visited a group camping in their domain and ended up dragging away one of the unfortunate campers.
The list can go on and on where the idea of co-habitation between man and predator just gets kicked to the curb.
Really, they say that ignorance is bliss…but that does not excuse a sense of false security…a predator will always remain a predator and as mankind expands into their habitat the chances if a meeting between the two become all the more certain, and there can only be one winner.
Both trying to survive in a shrinking world.
There are varies records of predators turned man-eater from around the world, and in every case it has been the encroachment of man into their domain, and the truth is, man is the easiest prey of all.
God Bless you all.