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Sometimes nature sucks.

Posted on 2011.01.14 at 16:39
 I turned on a nature program on NatGeoWild for my grandmother because we both like nature programs, and this one was about lions and hyenas. It was all good for a while, and watching the lioness play with her cubs was just delightful. Hyena cubs are actually pretty cute too, even if they do grow up into horrid hyenas.

But I went downstairs to make Mama some tea and get her an oatmeal cookie, and came back to a horrible scene. The lioness had been bitten by a cobra and was unable to protect her cubs from the hyenas, and I was treated to the awful sight of hyenas carrying off the poor lion babies. AIGH!

I have always been fascinated with nature photography, and wonder -- just how the hell do nature photographers stay neutral in the face of such awful scenes? I'd have a hard time not chasing the hyenas away from the lioness and the cubs, and an even harder time just letting them kill all the kittens. I went into my bedroom and snuggled with Bruce, who was a lucky kitten -- his sibs were killed by a wild animal, and even now, 14 years later, he has a terror of barking dogs. He's very quiet, and stays close to the ground -- he's not a "Higher and higher" kitty. If I were a nature photographer, how could I have left that poor kitten to the fate of his siblings, and *not* taken him in and raised him? [snuggles kitty some more]  He's my big boofy baby. 

I know that nature is harsh. I don't have to like it. [sniffle]

(ps: for what it's worth, I don't like it much when I see lions catching baby antelope, either.)


meirwen at 2011-01-14 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
Morguhn wouldn't watch that one, because he "knew" what would happen. He HATED hyenas.
christianet at 2011-01-14 22:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thom and I were watching a special in which a videographer went to remote island in the Indian Ocean where killer whales and elephant seals gather. During the time he was there, he witnessed what happened to one baby elephant seal when its mamma didn't return from getting food (because she had been eaten by a killer whale). None of the other mothers could adopt it, since they had just enough milk for their pups. It was so sad to see it laying there, looking thin and weak and desperate. The videographer said it was so hard to see this and not be able to do anything about it. I teared up.
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