Nature has blessed us with a wide variety of plant and animal species, not just for us to take, maime, or eat but also to bless the Earth with creatures of all kinds and types.
However, due to human activities, many animal species have become endangered such that they are on the brink of extinction.
Not so much seems to be done about it – you can ask the Black Rhinos, the Giant Pandas, and the Markhor.
Animals and wildlife activists and advocates continually call for more laws protecting wildlife and animals in their various locality.
However, with the case of American top-shot banking executive Bryan Kinsel, is it evident that animal rights advocacy falls on deaf ears?
What has Bryan Kinsel, a wealthy businessman from Dallas, Texas, got to do with a rare mountain goat in Pakistan? Well, you’re about to find out.
10 Do You Know The Astor Markhor?
Also known as the flared-horn markhor, the astor markhor is a rare wild mountain goat with long hair and large spiraled horns in the shape of a screw indigenous to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
It is a subspecies of the markhor and is also the national animal of Pakistan.
Markhors are alleged to be snake killers; however, this is not a confirmed fact. The legend seems to come from the meaning of the name “markhor,” which is Persian for “snake eater.”
Zoologists will rather think that their alleged snake eating tendencies come from the coiled-shape of their horns, which resembles snakes’ coiling.
9 The Highest Bidder Gets The Trophy
In February 2019, Bryan Kinsel was photographed with a dead male markhor a few minutes after hunting and killing it in Pakistan.
Bryan, a trophy hunter, paid over $100,000 to the Pakistani authorities to haunt and kill the gentle beast in Pakistan’s Sassi-Harmosh Community conservation area of the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
In a report released by the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Bryan was quoted to have said, “It was an easy and close shot, and I am pleased to take the trophy.”