Death of a Snow Leopard in Afghanistan
A sad story, as written by Tim McGirk in the weekly Time magazine reports that a hunter caught the magnificent snow leopard in Afghanistan, took him to a town where he could have sold it for at least US$ 50,000, but the animal was rescued by NATO troops. Unfortunately, it soon died, perhaps out of shock!
An Afghan elder who had seen the leopard in the cage wept when he saw its dead body carried out. "A lot of these mountain people have respect for wildlife," says Lawson, who was told by an elder that "God put these animals here for us to look after." The death of a snow leopard may not be of great consequence in Afghanistan's larger turmoil. But for many Afghans, the snow leopard is a symbol of the country's spirit of untamed wildness. For a few brief moments, everyone from the President to the top U.S. diplomat in the country turned their gaze away from politics and terrorism to a shivering, sick cat in a cage. And when it died, everyone from the highest echelons of power to humble villagers suffered a profound loss.
— With reporting by Shah Mahmood Barakzai / Kabul
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