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.
When did FR turn into the PETA forums? Animals are a resource. Regulated hunting preserves the market for that resource.
And the elephants rejoiced. Me too. Barbaric sport for such intelligent animals.
Emotional fools are everywhere.
A national pass time is the bullfight.
The Marx Brothers never missed an opportunity for a pun, did they?
Don't confuse the people who are getting their hate on with facts!
Botswana has a very healthy elephant population in fact a bit too healthy. Which is why they have these hunts. Too many elephants mean that your crops are going to get trampled, your fruit and nut trees are going to be uprooted and your cattle are going to be scattered to the four winds because elephants go right through your fences.
A culling, especially of lone bulls, helps keep the damage to humans at a minimum while doing no damage to the elephant population as a whole.
To liberals every deer is Bambi, to many of the people on this thread every elephant is Dumbo.
Such gentle creatures.
A dead rhino with elephant tusk puncture wounds. If only.......
That's probably not saying much, but I always had the impression that he was quite liberal. At least for a monarch. IIRC, he didn't follow Franco's plans and disappointed many of the conservatives after Franco died. I believe he also disapproves of any royal aspirations of the Bourbon pretender to the French throne.
Anyway, I'm surprised by all the criticism of him on this thread. Is this a PETA site?
Research the Downing Effect. It might provide some explanation for your current semi-hominid status.
Yes, but what was the elephant doing up in the tree in the first place? ;^)
“Research the Downing Effect. It might provide some explanation”
I will. Thank you.
Stop confusing your fellow FReepers with facts!
You clearly don't understand FReepers...most have no idea that the large numbers of elephants in many areas of Africa are causing huge problems for the animals due to starvation and the fact that their increased numbers are pushing them into populated areas surrounding the game parks. Human-elephant encounters never end well.
While I admire elephants a great deal, and have a deep reverence for all animals, and am not a hunter, there is a legitimate need for culling herds through permitted hunting...just like managing elk and deer herds.
I definitely wouldn’t criticize him for hunting! Although the left, here as in Spain, certainly does.
He’s clearly no Franco, but even Franco knew that things were going to change after his death...and the first person the Spanish elected after his death was a Socialist, or at any rate, a member of a predecessor of the current socialist party.
In the Spanish constitution, the king has virtually no power, so regardless of Juan Carlos’ opinions on anything, like any constitutional monarchy based on a parliamentary syste, Spain is governed by whatever party has a majority or can form a coalition.