Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun

“The big beast stood like an uncouth statue, his hide black in the sunlight; he seemed what he was, a monster surviving over from the world’s past, from the days when the beasts of the prime ran riot in their strength, before man grew so cunning of brain and hand as to master them.”

Theodore Roosevelt, former U.S. president and renowned big-game hunter, waxed poetic about a massive bull rhinoceros in his 1910 book, “African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist,” after glimpsing the rhino during a safari in British East Africa and the Belgian Congo earlier that year. [In Photos: A Museum Honors Teddy Roosevelt]
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Elephant that killed its handler after being unshackled is shot

The 60-year-old bull elephant, called Atork, had his chains released for tourists. They were visiting Cambodia and wanted better pictures of them with the animal. Owner Choeung Team followed Atork and was found trampled by villagers. Police opened fire after the elephant went on the rampage. The 60-year-old bull elephant, called Atork, took two hours to die after police opened fire with AK-47 weapons.

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