dangerous donkey selfies




The dangers of selfie sticks (and donkeys) are illustrated in this email from Wayne:

I’m listening to AMT322 where you talk about people with their wands of Narcissus taking photos of themselves with animals.

This reminded me of a recent trip to the New Forest, where we saw a young girl get done over by a juvenile donkey she was trying to take a selfie with. She got the poor animal in a headlock to take the photo, at which point the cute and cuddly equid head-butted her and then kicked her for good measure.

All three of us in the car (myself, my wife and my 8 year old son in the back) all said the same: “Well that serves her right.”

It amused us for the journey back to the camp site.

Have you ever had a dangerous close encounter with a wild beast? Or with an idiot who is having a close encounter with a wild beast? If it was non-fatal to all involved, step cautiously into the comments to tell us about it.

PS Here are some of the warning signs I saw around the geysers at Yellowstone National Park. THINK SAFETY, PEOPLE. Or, at the very least, think more than not at all.

12 Ys safety
11 Yellowstone warning


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3 Responses to “dangerous donkey selfies”

  1. Rob Says:

    I once got attacked by a goose on the beach in Thailand. I dealt with the situation by making as if to kick it in the head. My girlfriend was strangely impressed.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Never had an incident myself but I just saw this article today, apparently selfies are more dangerous than sharks! http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/selfies-have-killed-more-people-than-sharks-this-year/57533/

  3. David Newell Says:

    My uncle was on a truck trail in Indonesia. The guide had specifically told them not to get off the truck. He proceeded to drop his camera off the side of the truck before jumping off to retrieve it. The guide started shouting at him as the scrubby bushes, only feet away from him, started rustling and a face appeared among the leaves. It was only later when he looked up “Komodo Dragon” he realised quite how lucky he was.

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