Thanks Imberbe... that is some really interesting information.
Whilst I completely agree with letting mother nature take it's course - and i TOTALLY agree with the sentiment that life and death is a natural cycle... I can't get over the fact that the TB was introduced to the KNP lions from cattle in the south.
If the problem is caused by humans to begin with, i.e. cattle farmed by humans...
The concentration of TB in the South is because that is the area where it entered the park from infected cattle.
...doesn't that mean that us humans should be intervening in order to halt a disease which ultimately came (indirectly) from us in the first place?
Donny - thank you for taking the time to post that picture and story. It is amazing how tough these creatures are... could you imagine being sick with TB and going out to hunt for your own food? I don't reckon I'd make it to the local corner store - or even to my letterbox. Truly amazing animals.
Thanks again for everyone's comments - this is a really interesting (and very sad) thread
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