Wednesday, June 27, 2007
In the African Bush nothing goes to waste
The African natives waste absolutely nothing when an animal is taken and I mean nothing. When an animal is cleaned the ONLY thing that is discarded to the vultures is the small intestine. The reason the small intestine is discarded is because that is where E-coli bacteria is stored in the body. They empty and wash out the stomach then use it like a suitcase to carry the liver, brain, kidney, large intestine, heart, and so on, including the bone marrow.
On some hunts there are a couple animals taken that are not edible such as the hyena and baboons but even they are not allowed to spoil or go to waste. Instead they are kept in a safe place until they can be taken to be fed to Nile crocodiles. After all, the crocs must eat too and besides, Nile crocs are another part of the chain of food and delicious.
One day my trackers took me and some baboon meat, bone and all, down to the river to feed the Nile crocodiles. It was so amazing to watch as they took a large steak of meat from me complete with bone and break it in two as if it was a piece of candy and then swallow it whole. One of my trackers showed me the large scars on his leg where a crocodile had gotten hold of him while getting a drink. Many would have died trying to get away but he had been taught early on how to get away should he ever be caught. He simply forced his hand as far into the croc's mouth between his leg and the croc's teeth and then as far into his throat as he could reach. This causes a croc to have some sort of gag reflex and in doing so the croc released him long enough to drag himself away. Native children may not have to worry about playing near the freeway or talking to strangers but life in Africa is most challenging.