20-09-2016 by Freddie Del Curatolo
As often happens, the sorrow for the loss of a person who had known for years, adds the sadness of seeing mismanaged, distorted if not manipulated the news about the true story emerged after his death.
Poor Ferdinand Mocciola simply "Nando" for everyone in Malindi, for some Italian newspapers has been the victim of an "elephant fierce" or even a "elephant killer", who would deliberately crushed, drunk with malice.
In reality, things went differently and who is savannah expert or accustomed to Africa and with a little common sense, you can imagine.
The story, however, was confirmed in the same manner by the many witnesses of the tragedy, as well as staff from assets of Swara Camp who tried to dissuade him from approaching the elephant before, and at a later time (knowing how to do) did flee the 'animal, avoiding that could turn on him.
There is the perception that Nando has fallen to the river, knowing the risk he was running, and it was probably this risk to give him the adrenaline necessary to overcome fear, to make him ignore all the warnings and to take advantage of a moment when wife and friends were in the tents and the staff in the breakfast room to sneak down the path leading to the river.
And 'maybe a fine less glorious than that of many "base jumpers" who recently died crashing on the rocks with their wing suits, but the adrenaline that salt is more or less similar. And the tremendous end result.
The challenge of nature is inherent in the human soul, but it has to make sense.
Tease a wild animal fifteen times heavier than us to make two photos with the phone is not a sport, it does not bear any kind of glory.
You should not do and that's it. There are strict rules in the bush: animals ignore the man, or they are afraid, even those larger and stronger than us.
And 'This is the great good fortune of mankind and over the centuries has meant that our race is not extinct, but which, in fact, continue to evolve and make great discoveries, wars, immortal works and daily damages to date.
Aside from a hungry carnivore, no animal unless approached or molested, attacking first.
Go on safari is one of the most exciting experiences of life, but it is also the entrance into a world where you have to enter on tiptoe, silent, stand on the edge and respect ancestral customs.
We should be grateful just to animals, to nature, to make us witness this spectacle and not behave like reckless masters of the earth.
In the same way, however, it is stupid and shallow to talk about "dangerous Africa" â€‹â€‹or "aggressive animals" or assassins, when such incidents happen. They are the ones to have more fear, and not because it to him put him someone.
And 'so as always.
And 'media society that we live in terror, fear-of all things.
As evidenced by the sad story of Nando is not the blind fear that we must cultivate and teach our children, fear that ignorance can only turn into irresponsible actions.
Have the knowledge, the deepening, culture and conscious curiosity that will save us.
If you never want to save.
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