Skip to comments.King Juan Carlos breaks a hip hunting elephants in Botswana
Posted on 04/14/2012 11:53:23 AM PDT by billorites
King Juan Carlos was admitted to the USP San José Hospital in Madrid on Friday night after returning from a private hunting trip in Botswuana where he suffered a fall.
He returned to Madrid in a private plane, in which he travelled sedated.
His right femur is reported to have been broken in three places. A statement from the palace says an emergency operation has carried out to reconstruct the fragments of the bone, and use a prosthesis. Radio Nacional reports the operation was a success. It was carried out by the same surgeon, Ángel Villamor, who operated on the Kings knee in June and Achilles tendon in September.
The King is expected to remain in hospital for four or five days. He is on painkillers. The Queen is in Greece and will not return to Spain until Monday, and the Kings official engagements will be covered by the Prince of Asturias.
Media report that King Juan Carlos was hunting elephants in Botswana and there are reports that he fell in the residence he was staying in, but this has not been confirmed or denied by the palace.
The Monarch appears on the web page of the safari company, Rann Safaris, who charge some 30,000 for killing an elephant in Botswana.
Quite a fall to do that kind of damage.
I can’t shake the feeling that a “hold m’beer” moment allowed an elephant to display the versatility of it’s trunk
I have no sympathy
I hate what they are doing to that poor elephant making him pose like that.
That being said, I do like King Juan Carlos because he told Chavez to “shut up”
One has to be quite the marksman to shoot an elephant during a Canned Hunt.
Me neither for a monarch/ruler/dictator/president who goes off vacationing while his country is going through financial meltdown.
I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. There is nothing good in killing a pachyderm.
A more detailed account in the the Madrid newspaper makes it sound like he fell on some stairs. Drawings of the injury show it involves the proximal end of the femur. He's suffered from an arthritic hip so the surgeons plan to do an implant while repairing the other damage.
Meanwhile 20,000 more Muslim immigrants arrived in Spain, with 5 new Mosques opening up.
European royalty is almost entirely useless. The last one I heard say something sensible was the Danish Queen.
Looks like the king got some karmic payback.
“The Monarch appears on the web page of the safari company, Rann Safaris, who charge some 30,000 for killing an elephant in Botswana”
I wonder how much they’d charge the elephants to kill a monarch?
Thanks for the details, billorites. That explains that kind of damage.
agreed. serves him right.
Nice double rifles.
Must have my Spanish rulers mixed up.
You realize that as a constitutional monarch, the King of Spain does not make policy? That is up to the President of the Government (Prime Minister) of Spain, not the King.
The Government and the General Court (parliament) have to sort the mess out.
who said anything about Obama? (kidding)
I remember years ago seeing some nutty pastor on TV proclaiming that King Juan Carlos was the Anti-Christ.