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  • February 25, 2014

World Press 2014: The Plight of the Fennec Fox

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Each year, an international panel of visual luminaries gathers at World Press Photo in Amsterdam to judge tens of thousands of images submitted by photojournalists from around the world.  The results of this year’s contest were announced on February 14, with six awards going to photographers on assignment for National Geographic magazine. A seventh award went to Bruno D’Amicis, whose photograph of a captive fennec fox won 1st prize for a single photograph in the Nature category. With the support of National Geographic magazine and Senior Editor for Natural History Kathy Moran, D’Amicis was able to continue his personal project documenting the fennec fox, resulting in this image. Here, Moran and D’Amicis share their thoughts on the plight of this sought-after desert animal.

Kathy Moran, Senior Editor, Natural History

Bruno D’Amicis’ photograph of the fennec fox is all about passion, the drive to keep going after a story until you feel you’ve covered every angle.   When Bruno first shared his fox photographs with me, he had a lovely set of images that showed fennecs in their desert environment.   Camera trap photographs of foxes by moonlight, females with cubs, young animals at play gave no hint of the conservation issues impacting the species. Bruno had spent weeks tracking the foxes.  When his resources were exhausted, he had to return home.   He sent me the photographs in hope of securing funding to go back to Tunisia for additional work.  When I asked him what more he hoped to photograph he said would not be satisfied until he had documented animals that had been captured for the pet trade.  National Geographic supported Bruno’s return trip to the Sahara.  It wasn’t easy to access animals in captivity but he finally found this small fox that had been captured by nomads and given to a young boy as a pet.  His determination to expose the plight of wild animals captured because they rate high on the cute scale is worthy of recognition.

Picture of captive fennec fox
Photograph by Bruno D’Amicis, 1st Place Singles, Nature
Bruno D’Amicis, Photographer

We don’t really know much about the biology of the fennec fox, although it gets promptly recognized by everyone for its cuteness and its incredibly large ears that help it locate food among the sand dunes and radiate its body heat. The fennec is the quintessential desert animal, whose range covers almost the entire North of Africa and the whole Sahara. It can survive without water by getting fluids from its prey. Its furry pugs can walk on the hottest sand and it is able to dig within seconds a burrow to escape predators and desert heat. Desert nomads tell countless tales praising the fennec’s intelligence, while no extensive scientific research has ever been carried out to describe the life of the smallest canid in the world.

In the image, you can see an adult fennec, about a year old, caught in the wild as a pup by some desert nomads and then given to a kid, who kept it illegally as a pet in a sheep pen located in the outskirts of a village in the Tunisian Sahara. The fennec was tied with a short leash to a wheel rim and barely had any room to move around. It often tried to burrow into the sand floor, both to escape people and the animals sharing the pen with it. Although the young owner truly loved his pet, the animal was kept in miserable conditions and was very stressed and underfed.

Picture of fennec fox digging in desert
A camera-trap setup reveals a fennec digging for beetles among the roots of a Retam broom shrub.

I photographed this fennec on two separate occasions and only for very brief periods of time, so as to not to add more stress to its situation. Although I had been asked, I resolutely refused to pay a fee to take these pictures and thereby support this practice. I asked around if the animal could be released, but I was told it had spent too much time in captivity to survive back in the wild. I then spoke at length with the owner about the cruelty of keeping the fennec as a pet.  I asked him to reflect upon this, to use a longer leash and take the animal out for walks. I heard later he released this fennec.  Nobody has seen it since. I hope it made it back to its natural habitat, but I am aware this is a remote possibility.

The practice of catching fennec pups in the wild is widespread in North African countries. Because of their cuteness, local people aim to sell or use them as a tourist attraction. Everyone, both the villagers and the tourists who naively support this by paying money for pictures or even purchasing such animals—which is illegal—has to be considered somehow guilty. The destruction of the fragile desert habitat, the ongoing massacre of wildlife, and the lack of general conservation regulations are posing a serious threat to this and other unique desert species. The situation has gotten much worse since the “Arab spring” revolts and resulting difficult socio-economic conditions.

Picture of a fennec fox tail on rear view mirror
The tail of an adult fennec hangs from a Tunisian car’s rear view mirror as a lucky charm.

For me, photojournalism is above all about documenting reality and raising awareness. I wish I never had to witness such sad situations and was instead left to treasure the precious moments I had watching this amazing species free in its habitat made of silence and ephemeral dunes, but I firmly believe this is one of those stories worth telling in their entirety.  So, as harsh and disturbing it might be, I hope this image will make more people aware of the ongoing crisis affecting Saharan wildlife and reflect upon what are we doing to the natural world with even our simplest actions.

Bruno D’Amicis worked extensively in southern Tunisia over 2012 and 2013 on a personal project aimed at documenting both the natural history and the issue of the trade and exploitation of the fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) in a typical North African country.

There are 109 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. raji
    June 6, 2016

    cool but sad toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  2. Donnie
    December 16, 2014

    The Fennec is my fav Animal of all time. I love them with all my heart. They should be protected at all costs. I hate that this cruelty even exists

  3. santhosh.m
    March 23, 2014

    I love ANIMALS

  4. rocky chaudhry
    March 20, 2014

    Alll pics are great .But let the one go folks .

    • francine simeoni
      March 21, 2014

      LIBERTE !

  5. Frederico
    March 3, 2014

    That’s one of those images worth a thousand words. I kind of feel how terrified this little fellow was by the sad look in its eyes and lowered ears. Images like this one make me praise even higher all photojournalists around the world.

    As a child, I used to keep singing birds in small cages. But by the time I learned to read and started flicking through National Geographic magazines, I realised that, having its natural environment as a background, a picture would stand out against those depicting an animal in captivity. When my father got home from work on that day, to his surprise, he found empty cages.

    Thaks Bruno, keep up raising awareness.

  6. alan hunter
    March 2, 2014

    I love ANIMALS…but I despair that I can’t seem to love HUMANS as much…

  7. John Newby
    February 28, 2014

    Bravo NG for supporting Bruno’s important work. For more information on saving the Sahara’s wildlife, check out the Facebook page of the Sahara Conservation Fund.

  8. ahmed
    February 27, 2014

    when i saw this picture i become sadness cause we need a freedom as well as the animals they need same freedom so why the humans do so bad actions to the animals

  9. srinivasa,s
    February 27, 2014

    I thank you for your help.
    Through your work and love the situation will change

  10. Rupdipt
    February 27, 2014

    Dont really understand why do we humans have to necessarily destroy wildlife. If one wants to appreciate such lovable animals (fennec fox) and wildlife truly then they shuold better do it in the animal’s natural habitat rather than keeping it as a pet and turturing it. Even when you keep a wild animal as pet , no matter how much you care for it it still misses its natural habitat and basic instinct and ends up naturally stressed and tortured. We need to understand that a wild animal deserves a place in the wild and not among humans.

  11. Bruno D’Amicis
    February 27, 2014

    Many thanks to all the readers who expressed here their concern for the fennec and appreciation for my work. The story of this unlucky fox is unfortunately just one among many that suffer from the same conditions, and so many other species are facing a similar situation! One could surely release all of them, a few perhaps will survive, but the main problem will remain: what should be really done is addressing the primary cause. The people of the Sahara as many other populations living in marginal and very difficult regions need support, opportunities, education. We need to take our responsibilities, both when traveling and at home. I deeply suffered from photographing that little fennec in captivity – I love animals and was lucky enough to watch fennecs free in the wild, but I hope those scared eyes will remain in everyone’s mind the next time he/she will travel to the desert or other travel destinations and maybe elicit also a change of perspective when watching at the world news on TV or go to vote… Everything is connected; everything we do has an impact. BD

  12. alex
    February 27, 2014

    Humankind is a plague.

  13. Janet
    February 26, 2014

    The curl things people do to animals sicken me. I pray for all animals to life in a safe space. Human’s would gain so much knowledge if they realize just how much we can learn from them.

  14. Kim
    February 26, 2014

    This picture was so heartbreaking. The poor fox is so scared. They are wild animals. They were never meant as pets. I hope that the little fox survived. Thank you for bringing this to the worlds attention.

  15. antonio cezar bordignon
    February 26, 2014

    Covardia do ser Humano.

  16. Mirna
    February 26, 2014

    in order to coexist with these magestic animals we need to change our greedy ways. We need to view the fox as part of an ecosystem that needs him. In the wild is where animals belong and where they can live to the fullest. Also wouldn’t it be great is we all understood that the fox’s tail only looks good when it is on a LIVE fox and outrageously disgusting anywhere else?????

  17. Lucy
    February 26, 2014

    I want to do more. It’s not enough to be aware of the problem. Tell me how I can help.

  18. Debbie Johnson
    February 26, 2014

    Beautiful animal. I’m hoping that after noticing this poor starving Fox sitting in that horrible place, that someone rescued him so he would have a free life and be happy!

  19. jose maria
    February 26, 2014

    lamentablemente el hombre es el peor animal q existe en el mundo y el mayor depredador, como si esto fuera poco no sabe reconocer sus errore q eso ya seria un gran paso, al contrario los sigue cometiendo entonces la madre natura reacciona. ese es mi humilde pensamiento, creo q no esta lejos de la realidad. me gustaria trabajer para uds. pero no se como. es la primera vez q me comunico con uds. saludos. amemos la naturaleza ese es mi lema.

  20. noona
    February 26, 2014

    It’s so cute..but I pitied this little creature who could not afford to defend himself from humans.. I felt the story of this photo, it really touches my heart, it hurts to see that lifeless yet cruel thing around his furry neck..=(

  21. Elsa J Lucas
    February 26, 2014

    How cruel to tie up this beautiful creature. My heart breaks when I see photos like this. May the world become aware of the plight of this special little fox.

  22. Jessica
    February 26, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s always good to be aware of the world around us.. and not focus so much on everyday life like complaining that you missed the bus or you didn’t get enough sleep. Why worry when there are bigger issues going on.

  23. Jeanie Marie
    February 26, 2014

    “All the monsters are human”. (? author)

  24. Pedro Contreras
    February 26, 2014

    A mi modo de ver, deberían de cazar a todos los furtivos y encerrarlos durante cinco años para que supieran lo que es sufrir un encarcelamiento, y poner, caza cazadores furtivos en todas las zonas donde hay reservas animales para que se asustaran.

  25. kathy fournier
    February 26, 2014

    I can imagine the pain of photographing the horror that humans inflict on nature. Thank you for caring.

  26. Haris Sismanides
    February 26, 2014

    Since i was a boy 45 years ago i discavered NG magazin and my life became better…I was dreaming to be a reporter for them…But life had other plans for me…So i remain a fanatic reader…

  27. LAURA ABOYTE
    February 26, 2014

    SAD THAT THERE MINDS SO UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED OUR ACTIONS SUCH BEAUTIFUL SPECIES

  28. Abdullah Al Arif
    February 26, 2014

    SubhanAllah.

  29. kim
    February 26, 2014

    Ecclesiastes 3:19
    For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.

  30. K. McD.
    February 26, 2014

    His actions freed that lil guy! That in itself is Heroism!

  31. Chrish
    February 26, 2014

    Plight of the Fennec Fox

  32. Catherine Holt
    February 26, 2014

    The people who capture the animals aren’t living in exactly fabulous conditions themselves. They’re forced to do whatever they can to feed their families. While I love animals, if it’s a choice between saving a human life, and an animal one, I’ll go for the human every time. But nice try.

  33. kamal
    February 26, 2014

    how pity and oppressed the fox which had been sat on the corner of wall.
    there is no such terrible and disturbance than as human natural world

  34. ginger
    February 26, 2014

    A few years ago I was at a flea market in Ohio. Someone had a fennec in a small cage for sale. It had no chance.

  35. Ximena Pintado
    February 26, 2014

    Es triste saber que todavía existe gente que piense que los animales son un trofeo o un juguete, las leyes para el maltrato animal deberían ser más duras, y espero que el trabajo no solo haya quedado en fotos, si no que realmente se hizo algo por ellos.

  36. Lisa Reynolds
    February 26, 2014

    So sad to hear that this practice continues to happen. When will people relize that animals need to stay in the wild to be happy. We have dogs and cats for pets; thats all we need. Just another example of people using animals for gain. I feel embarrassed to be part of this race. 🙁

  37. susan fix
    February 26, 2014

    Stop killing the beauty of nature , if animals can do the same to human , the war will never end :(( so sad

  38. Flor
    February 26, 2014

    Me encanta la naturaleza pero en el mundo ay personas personas que no saben apreciarla lo que hacen es quejarse que si un animal le ase daño auna persona pero no toman conciencia que si los animales atacan o son agresivos es por culpa del ser humano mismo es por esa razon que debemos de tratar o mejor dicho de cuidar la naturaleza que es lo mas hermoso que dios nos adado.

  39. Amanda
    February 26, 2014

    It’s a shame the treatment of life in this world. As great and moving as this story is about the cute Finnic fox, what about all the life that is kept like that everywhere else? It’s good to hear that a random nomad “got it” and released his pet.

  40. Candy Hart
    February 26, 2014

    It’s terribly unfortunate that people don’t understand the plight of most animals today. They see something cute and decide it would make a good pet and things like this begin to happen. These photographs are beautiful, and while it’s sad to see the conditions the captive fox was living in, I agree that sometimes it takes images like that to make people open their eyes. It is however unfortunate that the fox was simply released after so much time in captivity. Without the means to care for itself in the wild, it’s chances of survival are slim.

  41. ana karina
    February 26, 2014

    the little prince is crying in his asteroid, missing his old friend…

  42. Andrew J
    February 26, 2014

    Learned two new words from this article (thanks!)

    e·phem·er·al
    əˈfem(ə)rəl/Submit
    adjective
    1.
    lasting for a very short time.
    &
    un·der·fed
    ˌəndərˈfed/Submit
    adjective
    1.
    insufficiently fed or nourished.

  43. Sarvesh
    February 26, 2014

    one pic is sad,,all work is very good

  44. Mr Joel Z Williams
    February 26, 2014

    Humans truly are the most dangerous animal on the planet. Thanks for this article and thanks for enlightening others.

  45. joselaide
    February 26, 2014

    É triste ver isso! Não entendo como podem interferir no mundo de um animal tão incrível.

  46. Amica
    February 26, 2014

    Quisiera saber si despues de fotografiar a ese asutado animalito, el fotografo tuvo el corazon y la valentia de liberarlo.

  47. Jerry Jones
    February 26, 2014

    What is your next project?…Love you’re work……

  48. simeoni
    February 26, 2014

    inadmissible !

  49. Elizabeth
    February 26, 2014

    What an interesting story and a very sad one. I was not aware of such cruelty, however we humans continue to disrespect nature and the beauty of it all. Congrats to you Bruno D’Amicis and Ntl Geo. for sharing and educating the public.

  50. Julie
    February 26, 2014

    Love can be selfish, it can be an object, a person or in this case, an innocent animal. It’s so sad to see a wild animal chained in and knowing that unless the “owner” decides to release it, or it will just grow old and die without ever getting a chance to see the world. Thanks for sharing this photo, though it’s a sad one.

  51. caroline laurie
    February 26, 2014

    nature is so beautiful when perfectly captured on film/digital x

  52. Adrian
    February 26, 2014

    These two,songs demonstrate very well all that is needed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi3VTSdTxU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZ_Zy1VhMI

  53. Eduardo Olmedo
    February 26, 2014

    Espero que algun dia podamos amar y cuidar a nuestros hermanos menores, es bello verlos en fotos, para que tenerlos secuestrados y apartados de su habitat

  54. waleed Mh
    February 26, 2014

    I’m Tunisian and catchig it’s illegal act… the Fnec is protected animal… i’m ashamed when i see those photos…

  55. Amanda King
    February 26, 2014

    Documenting the vanishing, the other side, the hard truth, in these rapidly and radially changing times has become more important than ever. and when done with a passion for the subject, the poetry of the images seal it in our memory

  56. Станислав ЕВСТИФЕЕВ
    February 26, 2014

    Стоит понимать, что решения подобных проблем требует некоторого времени, а страны, которые были вынуждены стать жертвами Арабской Весны, им приходится так же нелегко. Вполне очевидно, что осознанность последствий, которые, без единого сомнения будут, так же, дело долгое.
    Спасибо за предоставленную информацию!

  57. Angie N
    February 26, 2014

    Great thanks to Mr D’Amicis, for taking the time to educate the kid. Education is important and knowledge is power. If we want to save wildlife among other things, we really have to start with educating the young.

  58. Isley
    February 26, 2014

    I hate how humans treat animals like we humans are more animals than them.

  59. les
    February 26, 2014

    There needs to be a ban on all wild life, they are dwendeling down due to greed, they need to be left alone.

  60. Grace
    February 26, 2014

    The world needs more people like you, Mr. D’Amici. You have one of the most important works, that makes people look inside their own. Congratulations not only for the images, but with the hope you give back.

  61. Dean
    February 26, 2014

    Man I know you’re aim is to do the right thing but you should have saved that poor animal and taken it to a wildlife centre so it would be cared for properly

  62. Joy
    February 26, 2014

    Stories like this is the reason I am pursuing Wildlife studies and conservation.

  63. samantha
    February 26, 2014

    ciprian ! the comment made on the 25th of feb is utterly stupid and no one wishes to read the comments of an immature and stupid person. This is a very sad thing that is happening, and it is up to us to change this, not for silly little twits to post thoughtless and unintelligent tosh like this.

    Thank you national geographic, I have yellow stacks of joy all over the place , yrs of dedication to my favourite publication, wonderful insights and images of our world and beyond, Thank you and long may we all fight against, the creulty , destruction and injustice in this world.

  64. Suzanne Martin
    February 26, 2014

    Well this is one of those tragic things .. even if the fox didn’t make it too long out there, or back into natural habitat at least it had a bit of freedom to run, breath the air as it rushed through the land and explore the nature around it. Even if it only made it a few days, it’s a far better way to live than to be at the end of that tie out on the tire rim. It really was the best humane option and I’m so pleased you got across to the young boy .

  65. Ricardo Gregorio
    February 26, 2014

    Why????????? this animals do this to “our” Animals!!!??? Whyyy?

  66. Sonam D Penjore
    February 26, 2014

    People need to realize that keeping wild animals like these tied up as pets is not good for the environment as well as for the animal itself. If you love wild animals then set them free. 🙂

  67. Ali
    February 26, 2014

    so beautifull fox

  68. Jeff Lee
    February 26, 2014

    Dear NatGeo, after exposing these cruelty to animals, has anything been done to improve or changed after that? Or simply nothing has changed at all?

  69. Rob Snow
    February 26, 2014

    Have a companion animal (dog) I see the amazing connection of animals to wise minded people. Dog (especially rescue animals like mine) have a place in human society. However, wild animals are not pets. Traumatizing a creature, because you think it cute, have a desire to own, or whatever, is tantamount to murdering the poor creature. What has this man educated his son about the beauty of this creature – nothing at all!!
    Thanks for the article.

  70. Veronica
    February 26, 2014

    No matter how cute and cuddly these beautiful animals are, I always felt that beauty belongs to its own free will and, instead of capturing & domiciling them, we should be content with observing the beauty in its natural environment. If we cannot go to their nature, thankfully, National Geographics brings them to our livingrooms.

  71. Suzanne
    February 26, 2014

    A few years ago I was desert campin in Egypt and has these adorable little foxes crawling on me in the middle o the night looking to eat the crumbs from our dinner. They are incredibly sweet animals and also incredibly shy. If you were to pick one up it would immediately play dead rather than defending itself. I hope we can help these sweet animals to thrive and continue their harmless existence in the desert.

  72. robert whitford
    February 26, 2014

    Basttards Man is a Selfish creature!

  73. Laura
    February 26, 2014

    I agree, these should not be pets, however, as revolting as the fox tail hanging from the rear view mirror is how many raccoon tails do you see on hats and key chains in the US? What about sugar babies and flying squirrels that people keep as pets, or even hedge hogs for that matter? Dogs and Cats are domesticated – perhaps they should be the only animals we keep as pets?? Just a thought!

  74. julie
    February 26, 2014

    humans ruin everything beautiful

  75. Malcolm
    February 26, 2014

    Hopefully the Tunisian’s good luck will turn bad after this display of animal cruelty 🙁

  76. haris
    February 26, 2014

    nice pix ☺

  77. mahmoud elbiltagy
    February 26, 2014

    if you thought that was painful you should see the severe conditions that animals in Egyptian governmental zoo live in . i am talking about Giza zoo in Egypt.it is the most painful,sufferance and illness conditions i have ever seen . for instance their is a place
    where tigers and lions are caged , each one in 4 squared meter cell …..you people should do any thing about it .

  78. kelvin
    February 26, 2014

    parah banget

  79. William Quinn
    February 26, 2014

    The ‘leashed’ shot is incredibly powerful. As beautiful as the other shots are, and they are, that is the one I’ll remember.

  80. chris
    February 26, 2014

    Hopefully Photographers are not only taking the good photos. must concern also the surroundings what is happening.

  81. fereniki
    February 26, 2014

    Humans intervene in such inhuman ways in wildlife animals that makes us their no1 enemy…(same goes for domestic animals but thats another story).

  82. Amber Dawson
    February 26, 2014

    Whether owls eat them, humans trap them, or Jeeps squash them, who is to say which method is more monstrous. They’ll bite it eventually, they are small animals low on the food chain. What’s truly wrong here is searching for cute animals/children in distress to take pictures of so you can advance your career and reputation. This isn’t photojournalism, it’s gore mongering for profit….or are the two synonymous?

  83. Denise
    February 25, 2014

    The plight of the hapless animal tied to a tire rim exemplifies man’s cruel & unfeeling domination of the natural world. What parent could witness the sheer panic exhibited by this pitiful animal, and not be moved to teach his child due respect for and obligation to care for his environment and the innocent animals that inhabit same? A disregard for one’s responsibility to nurture his immediate environment negatively impacts each and every one of us.

  84. Viren Dhamaskar
    February 25, 2014

    This is more or less the plight of every wild animal existing…we as humans have been very selfish so far…hope the trend changes and we start caring more for our dear mother nature…

  85. MAR
    February 25, 2014

    Que hermoso zorro, lamentable la estupidez del hombre

  86. amanda
    February 25, 2014

    Thank you for this. The photo and story are really heartbreaking. Maybe now more people will take up the cause.

  87. david
    February 25, 2014

    fantásticas las fotografías y es muy positivo estos reportajes para darse cuenta en los estados deplorables que viven estos animales salvajes capturados por los locales

  88. marcela lentrisco
    February 25, 2014

    es un trabajo hermoso lindas las fotos es un animal precioso .lo cierto es que me emociono mucho su trabajo al ver ese animalito indefenso amarrado y asustado esto me da mucha tristeza que cosas como estas aun siguen pasando en el mundo los animales nacieron libres y tienen que seguir asi …… muy lindo trabajo felicitaciones … 😉

  89. Allison Scott
    February 25, 2014

    I used to say how much I wanted a fennec fox for a pet -I will never say that again after reading this article. I had no idea this was happening to such a wonderful animal. Is there anything I can do to help rectify this situation? I will definitely spread the word about this inhumane treatment for the purpose of profiting on “cuteness”.

  90. ciprian
    February 25, 2014

    i love this picture. Iwant to die all animals and all humans..!

  91. TaufiqMNi
    February 25, 2014

    Ur travel is my envious !

  92. Aimee
    February 25, 2014

    First off, kudos for Natl Geo. in creating “Proof”.
    This is unfortunate to read/view about the plight of these
    animals, but with Natl Geo these stories have a platform
    to be seen and create awareness of what’s happening.

    Hopefully I can be a contributor to a Natl Geo story.

  93. PATRICIA LIPA DE ALUNATE
    February 25, 2014

    Primero deseo agradecer por compartir tanto las fotos como, el conocimiento sobre este animalito tan hermoso. Me siento muy triste por el maltrato.

  94. Valerie Kmieck
    February 25, 2014

    Unfortunately, sometimes photographing such heart wrenching scenes are the only way to make others aware of the situations…………kudos to Mr. D’Amicis for taking the time to talk to the owner of the captive fennec. A little education can go a long way.

  95. Susan
    February 25, 2014

    This story is very sad. This story should be televised so that more people are made aware of the plight of this animal and the ignorance behind it. Awareness is powerful. Great story!

  96. Wendy Melkert
    February 25, 2014

    I love your pictures of this beautiful animal and feel even more priviliged now that there are still people like you who can make a point without having to resort to pictures of bleeding animals. Simply by showing us a picture of one tied to a wagonwheel you make us pause and wonder why that animal is there, in that situation. I hope you continue in this trend, piquing interest with this kind of photo, and not the kind too often seen on facebook. those make people shy away, yours entice people closer in curiosity. which is a gift. I hope you keep doing this and keep amazing people with your beautiful shots.

  97. maryanne wagoner
    February 25, 2014

    its sad to admit,but the real animals here, are the human beings.We are a plague upon this planet and the animals who inhabit it.

  98. Clare Marie
    February 25, 2014

    Very sad to see that picture and to hear about it, but the other pictures are amazing!!

  99. Halie DeVos
    February 25, 2014

    Yet another sad but very interesting documentary that I enjoyed reading very much. Props to Bruno for being so strong and working to make the world a better place.

  100. tina
    February 25, 2014

    Its so sad that animals in many situations are used for mans advantage. Its so incredibly sad, and so unfair to the beautiful creatures all over the world. Sickening.

  101. Melody Fox
    February 25, 2014

    The sadness of the look of the little fox that is chained up…It brings tears to my eyes. At least, give it a big space and not on a chain! poor little thing

    Melody Fox (aka the Princess of Rock)
    Love Peace Music

    p.s.: Awesome pictures, though!

  102. Melody
    February 25, 2014

    How sad the animal is being kept in such horrible conditions, it’s not a pet it’s a prisoner. People can be so selfish and stupid at the same time. Shame on you. Let it go!

  103. Richa Kharbands
    February 25, 2014

    Indeed an awesome click and very well said write up for the same. It works as an appeal from animals side, to let them naturally. 🙂

  104. Lynn Pape
    February 25, 2014

    This is such important work!
    How do we not protect all the animals, God has graced us with? How do we not understand, we are all interconnected? We are dependent on one another.

  105. Karen Thompson
    February 25, 2014

    I thank you for your help.
    Through your work and love the situation will change

  106. Nadia
    February 25, 2014

    La verdad me gusto la nota, pero da mucha tristeza la situación de esta especie. La gente está terriblemente cruel. Bruno D´Amicis… excelentes fotografias, hablan más que la nota. Saludos!

  107. estiven avila montoya
    February 25, 2014

    espero y no solamente hayan tomado la foto y delegado un premio por ello, sino que tambien se haya hecho lo necesario por ayudar a este precioso animalito, que de solo ver su carita ahi amarrado en ese rincon me da impotencia, siento horrible al ver un anmal cautivo…

  108. Hamza hammoumi
    February 25, 2014

    Nat Geo is one of the best channels at all. I love her

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