In more 'breaking news':
Solly the hippo dies
August 24 2012 at 11:50am
Johannesburg - Solly the hippo, who has been stuck in a swimming pool in Limpopo since Tuesday, has died, a report has said.
According to EWN, the young hippo died on Friday morning before an attempt to rescue him from a swimming pool could get underway.
Solly had reportedly been in distress after the pool was drained in preparation for a rescue operation.
A veterinarian who was hired to tranquillise the hippo arrived at the scene nearly four hours late, and couldn't save him, EWN said.
Solly has been stuck in the guest swimming pool at the Monate Game Lodge, near Modimolle (Nylstroom) since Tuesday.
He is believed to have been chased by a larger bull hippo from his local dam ending up trapped in the10x5m pool.
On Thursday, Simon Prinsloo, of Nylsvlei Game Dealers, told The Star details of the rescue plan.
Prinsloo had said that Solly would be darted with a tranquilliser. Once it had taken effect, the hippo would be blindfolded and strapped into a harness. A crane would then hoist the animal out of the swimming pool.
Solly became a media sensation after the online community anti-crime organisation eblockwatch asked its members for help to rescue him. - IOL
Why am I posting this story?
that the death of a hippo is making headlines and has received more social media updates and stirred up more conversation.......than the HUMAN TRAGEDIES that are occurring around the world as we speak.
Tweets from local news networks such as these:
: We're weeping for Solly the hippo who died while rescuers tried to save him from a pool he fell in, in Limpopo"
News24: "Sad news: Solly the hippo has died during a rescue attempt."
And Im upset that people are laying blame of this hippos death to the vet who arrived 4 hours late to tranquillise it.
--> Yes, this was negligience.
But, cant we understand that the at the end of the day, the outcome would have been the same?
If the vet had arrived earlier - would the hippo be alive now?
Was the death of the hippo not written for this day and its specific hour?
And Im upset,
that the very same people who are currently ranting about the death of a HIPPO, have NO clue about the situation in Burma.
In fact, Ive just been asked: 'Whats happening in Burma?' 'Wheres Burma?'
Such is our condition.
Where the life of an animal holds more importance than that of thousands......no, millions of people - bearing unmentionable torture and hardships.