Sweet Karma



After a few hours of tracking wild spoor, he saw them. Guns raised at their shoulders, aimed at the feeding rhinos. Kruger raised his camera and then stopped. Shouldn’t he do something?  The hairs on the back of his neck stood up.

His camera clicked softly, capturing the perils of life as a rhino. Then through the lens, he saw a monstrous lion lunging at the two poachers, claws and teeth sinking into shoulders and backs. Guns dropped to the ground. Kruger snapped away capturing the perils of being a poacher in the territory of the savannah’s most fearsome lion.

100 words

Rhinos are nearing extinction and Southern African countries have taken up a mission to protect our indigenous wildlife. I’m proud to say that Botswana has a zero tolerance attitude to poaching and have even committed its security forces to protect our wildlife. The current president Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama is a champion of this cause. And Prince Harry is a patron of Botswana’s conservation project: Rhino Conservation Botswana.

Another organisation is the Save The Rhino Project based in the UK.

Please do click on the links, especially the Rhino Conservation Botswana project . And see what is being done to save this incredible animal, why they’re important and what you can do to help.

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wiesoff-Fields where the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less.

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27 thoughts on “Sweet Karma

    1. I think it is an ongoing debate about the place of journalists in war zones or wildlife documentaries etc. Should they just be filming or should they be helping? They need to be neutral and so helping comprises this neutrality, and yet they have their human instincts for altruism to overcome too.

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  1. ‘Sweet karma’ indeed! Well done for a nice story, and bonus points for your campaigning on behalf of the rhino. Botswana’s stand featured on UK television a few nights ago. Go, Botswana!

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  2. Fatima, Thanks for the learning lesson. “wild spoor” really caught my attention. I had never heard nor seen the word “spoor” before. I was stuck on “Wild Boar” Great story, great message. Well having said that, I’m gonna scat.

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    1. I had meant to put a note on that word. It’s not very common word, and I suppose it originates from the dutch-afrikaans language (or similar). It’s the trail left by footprints, hair, dung or other telltale signs used in tracking animals in the wild. Thank you, Dan.

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  3. I think I just read a news article about a poacher having a karmic interaction with a lion. Also, I just read about the ailing last male white rhino. We humans never seem to learn.

    Thought-provoking story, Fatima.

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    1. Wow, that article would have made for awesome flash fiction too! Yes, we will continue to consume even when there is nothing left. Move on to space and mars when earth is ravaged. Thank you, Sascha!

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