A leopard, a baboon, and the dark past of wildlife photography


Comments : 2

  1. Corban

    9 months ago

    Kind of like Disney launching lemmings off of a cliff.

  2. Terry Cafferty

    9 months ago

    The photograph is terrific, regardless of how it was produced. There is no ‘production’ in what is portrayed, which is the baboon’s refusal to ‘go gently into that good night’ (death). Instead, he or she wheels around and gets in the cat’s face with every bit of ferocity on hand. Note that the leopard has the brakes locked up at all four corners, facing the baboon’s force and fangs. I first saw this photograph in ‘Life’ while in the waiting room of a dentist’s office; I was 21 years old. This photo made a deep impression on me. I have no issue with the photographer or Life magazine. Leopards kill baboons. Humans kill each other, chronically, and often for reason than for power or money, or in the name of ‘God’, or because of skin color. I wonder how many of the righteous protester to this photo essay ate beef today, and of those how many even remembered they were eating a once-living, feeling being who had the misfortune to fall under the control of humans bent on profit.

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