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King Juan Carlos breaks a hip hunting elephants in Botswana
Spain News ^ | April 14, 2012

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 King’s 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 King’s 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.



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Meanwhile, the King's 13 y.o. grandson is hospitalized after shooting himself in the left foot. Family is having a tough time.
1 posted on 04/14/2012 11:53:31 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Quite a fall to do that kind of damage.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 11:56:52 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: billorites

I can’t shake the feeling that a “hold m’beer” moment allowed an elephant to display the versatility of it’s trunk


3 posted on 04/14/2012 11:57:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: billorites

I have no sympathy


4 posted on 04/14/2012 11:58:40 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: billorites

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”


5 posted on 04/14/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: billorites

One has to be quite the marksman to shoot an elephant during a Canned Hunt.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 12:03:12 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: nuconvert
I have no sympathy

Me neither for a monarch/ruler/dictator/president who goes off vacationing while his country is going through financial meltdown.

7 posted on 04/14/2012 12:07:08 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: billorites

I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. There is nothing good in killing a pachyderm.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 12:07:54 PM PDT by clashfan (know your rights)
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To: unkus
"Quite a fall to do that kind of damage."

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.

9 posted on 04/14/2012 12:10:48 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

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.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 12:11:36 PM PDT by Dagnabitt ("None of the above" ain't running.)
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To: Uncle Slayton
One has to be quite the marksman to shoot an elephant during a Canned Hunt.

Looks like the king got some karmic payback.

11 posted on 04/14/2012 12:14:36 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: clashfan

12 posted on 04/14/2012 12:16:10 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: nuconvert

“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?


13 posted on 04/14/2012 12:18:01 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: billorites

Thanks for the details, billorites. That explains that kind of damage.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 12:18:17 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: clashfan

agreed. serves him right.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 12:21:25 PM PDT by hecht (Murray use your coaster)
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To: billorites

Nice double rifles.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 12:27:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nuconvert
I thought he was the one that was "still dead."

Must have my Spanish rulers mixed up.

17 posted on 04/14/2012 12:31:37 PM PDT by daler
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To: Don Corleone

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.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 12:33:05 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Don Corleone

who said anything about Obama? (kidding)


19 posted on 04/14/2012 12:34:49 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: GreenLanternCorps

I remember years ago seeing some nutty pastor on TV proclaiming that King Juan Carlos was the Anti-Christ.


20 posted on 04/14/2012 12:35:37 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: daler
Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Juan Carlos has even less actual political power than you do.

21 posted on 04/14/2012 12:37:32 PM PDT by jonascord (Any Democrat. Classic examples of the Downing Effect.)
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To: jonascord

“Juan Carlos has even less actual political power than you do.”

I don’t think so, I’m a Republican in Massachusetts.


22 posted on 04/14/2012 12:46:40 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: billorites
good for him...
23 posted on 04/14/2012 1:22:59 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: billorites

I wonder if the elephant-sympathizers have any clue that much of the $50k to cull one elephant goes to fund anti-poaching efforts that protect far more creatures, and a healthy population.

Elephants aren’t endangered, any more than white-tailed deer.

And they can be pests that need to be manged and culled.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 1:29:17 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: billorites

It serves the idiot Juan Carlos jolly good for shooting elephants. That is so ugly and heartless.


25 posted on 04/14/2012 1:38:36 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: billorites

It looks like idiot Juan Carlos is going to be in a wheelchair of a long time and then on a walker for the rest of his meaningless life.

The elephant got its revenge. I rather have had the elephant unharmed and alive.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 1:50:07 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Mrs. Juan Carlos: "Look dear, there's an elephant over there."

The King: "Yes, he's a regal beast. A magnificent specimen. And to show how much I love and care for him, I'm going to blow a big hole in his head. It's for his own good, don't you know."

Mrs. Juan Carlos: "Oh, your majesty, you're such a humanitarian!"
27 posted on 04/14/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkly?


28 posted on 04/14/2012 1:58:32 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Also, he won’t be out there shooting more elephants.

He is finished.

That is great news.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 2:00:09 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: billorites

“Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkly?”

Please help me. I give up!


30 posted on 04/14/2012 2:02:25 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: dfwgator

LOL! Actually, he’s been a pretty good king... a sort of inoffensive figurehead who seems to stay out of things. Lately, the husband of one of the infantas (princesses) has gotten into big trouble because he was peddling influence.

Juan Carlos himself makes a lot of money through what we would call lobbying, and the family is very wealthy. He was brought up in England, speaks Spanish with a faint English accent, and his wife, la Reina Sofia, is Greek.

They could be a lot worse. The problem, actually, is that he’s probably more conservative than the recent leaders of the country but is too chicken to say so. And he’s a constitutional monarch, so nothing he says matters anyway.


31 posted on 04/14/2012 2:07:18 PM PDT by livius
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To: clashfan
I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. There is nothing good in killing a pachyderm.

While I agree that hunting animals for mere sport is deplorable, the fees for taking these animals provide for funding game cops to stop poaching. The elephant population is on the rise in the countries where strictly managed hunts are allowed.
32 posted on 04/14/2012 2:11:50 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
“Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkly?”

Because if it was small, white and hard it would be an aspirin.

33 posted on 04/14/2012 2:14:17 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: livius
LOL! Actually, he’s been a pretty good king

Actually, he has been a damn good king. If if were not for his calming influence the crackerjack Spanish military would have been shooting Socialist MFs Willy-Nilly a long time ago. He has also had a somewhat moderating influence on the socialist MFs who think THEY run spaion. If you think our Left is loony, the Spanish Left makes Jane Fonda look like Martha Washington..

He is a wonderful sportsman and is reputed to have boffed Lady Di. !Viva Borbon!

34 posted on 04/14/2012 2:16:14 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Don Corleone
Me neither for a monarch/ruler/dictator/president who goes off vacationing while his country is going through financial meltdown.

Hey!!! You better get ready for a visit from the SS of FBI for talking about 0 bummer like that. Oh wait, never mind.

35 posted on 04/14/2012 2:16:22 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

And the answer is? ???


36 posted on 04/14/2012 2:16:28 PM PDT by codder too
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“why was an elephant in my pajamsa?” ba dum


37 posted on 04/14/2012 2:19:48 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: livius
"And he’s a constitutional monarch, so nothing he says matters anyway."

Sometimes what he's had to say matters very much.


38 posted on 04/14/2012 2:28:04 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Oh good grief!!!!

Thank you.


39 posted on 04/14/2012 2:29:39 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: clashfan

Elephants are sacred, sentient beings. Absolutely no reason to kill one. I had always liked this king - now I hope he is painfully crippled for the rest of his miserable life.


40 posted on 04/14/2012 2:34:24 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: bravo whiskey
Elephant in my pajamas?
41 posted on 04/14/2012 2:34:38 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

That was actually the moment that has kept him going ever since then. This was a difficult moment in the Transition, and he reassured the entire country and got them through it.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with the next generation. Felipe seems to be ok and willing to carry out his duties, as does his wife. But who knows what will happen when Juan Carlos dies, or who knows what Spain will be like at that time.


42 posted on 04/14/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT by livius
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To: Kenny Bunk

He’s definitely been good, but that mostly means that he’s stayed out of sight and hasn’t caused any scandal. He doesn’t have any power except his presence, but that has been good when he exercises it.

When Zapatero started making the Guardia Civil and the Spanish military accept “gay marriage” and having them turn up for these “weddings,” he was known to be opposed. But he never said anything.


43 posted on 04/14/2012 3:16:55 PM PDT by livius
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Elephants are sacred, sentient beings. Absolutely no reason to kill one.

And they are more important than people

http://www.savetheelephants.org/news-reader/items/botswana-battles-big-elephant-herd.html.

The Botswana elephant herds are one quarter of the total African elephant population. They are not endangered.

One way to reduce the numbers would be to ban hunting. Without the hunting licence fees supporting game management, the poachers would move in an reduce the herds. That's how it worked in East Africa.

44 posted on 04/14/2012 3:22:25 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
It serves the idiot Juan Carlos jolly good for shooting elephants. That is so ugly and heartless.

Hunters have saved the African elephant. Your ignorance is what's ugly and heartless.
45 posted on 04/14/2012 3:27:08 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: livius
"who knows what Spain will be like"

Who knows indeed. I just spent 10 days in and around Madrid. Politically, financially and socially Spain seems pretty fragile. That goes for much of Europe though.

Spain has always seemed particularly brittle. Whether they can endure the crushing debt they face without some wrenching social upheaval is a worry.

46 posted on 04/14/2012 3:33:39 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

I think Madrid, Castilla and the center (with extension to Asturias, Galicia, Extremadura on the W-NW side and Valencia and other areas south of Barcelona and west of Sevilla) will be ok. Sevilla might be ok, too, because they seem to have some common sense there.

On the other hand, Barcelona is nutz. They are all raving anarchists or marxists there, and they have tolerated the Occupy crowd tearing up their public spaces for so long that they can’t control it now.

One of the problems is that the regional governments have been spending like drunken sailors, particularly the leftist Catalunya and Andalucia, and if Madrid cuts off the money, some of these regions are going to flip out.

The only good thing in terms of Spain as a country is that once Madrid cuts off the money, the regions won’t have the power to do much of anything, even cause problems.


47 posted on 04/14/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT by livius
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To: Stormdog
" I wonder how much they’d charge the elephants to kill a monarch?"
that's simple: Peanuts. :-)

48 posted on 04/14/2012 4:04:45 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Vision

In that case, we should start shooting people. There are too many on welfare.


49 posted on 04/14/2012 4:15:10 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Good one!!!


50 posted on 04/14/2012 5:01:15 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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