I look into her eyes. She stares back at me, but the glimmer of life is gone. The leathery hide covering her immense body soaks up the intense noon day sun. Next to her lie another body, and another; their dusty carcasses strewn without regard on the parched ground.
I pull my hair back into a ponytail and wipe a tear from my eye. I am here to help. It won’t do to have an emotional breakdown, not here. I’ll wait until I am in the air conditioned solitude of my trailer.
“How old do you think she was?” I ask.
“She was probably around fifty.” Dumaka replies. “The others range in age from less than a year to close to seventy.”
My eyes move over the bodies to the smallest among them. His tiny body is nearly lost amongst the carnage.
“Why even kill him? He had nothing to offer. What kind of animal could do something like this?” I say, the disgust evident in my tone.
“No animal lady. Man, only man. They likely killed the little one because he was crying. Even at so young an age, they mourn death. They know loss.”
Dumaka turns away and starts walking back toward the Jeep.
“Come. The sky is darkening. The rains will be here soon.” he says waving me on.
I look one last time over the lifeless shells, reaching my hand down to touch her face.
“I promise you that I will spend my life working to stop them. I will find justice for you and your family.”
As we drive away, dust kicks up from the tires, and Dumaka and I sit in silence. There is nothing either of us can say to erase the horror of the scene we’ve just witnessed. As we near the first semblance of a road the sky opens up. Huge drops pelt the canvas above our heads; the heavens weeping for the loss of the majesty of those who once roamed these plains.
333 words in response to this week’s Trifecta challenge.
1 : any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation
2 a : one of the lower animals as distinguished from human beings
b : mammal; broadly : vertebrate
3 : a human being considered chiefly as physical or nonrational; also : this nature
Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
The word itself needs to be included in your response.
You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
James Anthony Froude said,
“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”
I just don’t understand hunting for sport. How can killing another being be “fun”? I get killing for food. Killing for survival is not the same as looking for a “trophy” to mount on your wall or getting a high by extinguishing the light in another being. And ivory poaching (murder for money) is beyond disgusting. Elephants spend their entire lives in family groups, mourn death, are highly communicative, and show signs of self-awareness and cognition. They are killed for nothing more than an exaggerated teeth (tusks), for which other disturbed humans are will to pay top dollar. It begs the question, who exactly is the the animal here?
Stay positive & love your life (even when something happens that causes you to lose hope).
Listening to-Queens Of The Stone Age – If I Had A Tail
Random fact- For some reason I’ve always felt a connection with elephants. There is a gentleness to them that is beautiful.