Thursday, 2 August 2012

Wildlife Olympics – And the Olympian that kills wildlife

Olympian wildlife killers
Sadly, at least two olympic competitors have been practicising their sport by killing wildife.  Olympic Shooter Corey Cogdel seems to be proud of her ability to shoot animals, especially in Africa, and there are many images of her on the web with some of the animals and birds she has shot. And gold medallist Kim Rhode has also been featured as a celebrity hunter on US websites.

Gold medalists of the natural world
August 2012. Humans aren't the only ones that display incredible feats of athleticism - IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has suggested the following gold medalists of the animal kingdom.
These animal athletes, some of which are listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, are the fastest sprinters, the highest jumpers and the most graceful gymnasts in the natural world. The Cheetah is the obvious gold medal winner in the 100m -reaching speeds of up to 70mph in short bursts. In field events, the Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) could win the high jump as it can jump 115 times its own height! In the gymnastics events, the graceful Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis) and dancing birds-of-paradise would wow us with their moves. While celebrating the achievements of talented athletes across the world this summer, we should also take the time to appreciate these incredible species.

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