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Remembering a mighty hunter who became one with the animal kingdom to honor us all

This is Scott van Zyl, a South African hunter who really knew how to show off a customer’s attributes, like Mr. Lion here and his magnificent gums.

Scott is reminding us in this photo how important it is to spend the time to appreciate those formidable choppers belonging to the king of the big cats. Because when you’re sending a high-velocity projectile through a lion’s vital organs from a safe distance, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the tearing power of those enamel wonders that might have torn you from limb to limb, if you hadn’t been shooting from the next county.

Anyway, Scott’s former friends tell us that he was a noted hounds man, as well as a husband and father. But sadly, that didn’t seem to matter when Scott went missing at the Limpopo River dividing South Africa and Zimbabwe on April 7, 2017.

An intense five-day search turned up Scott’s backpack, but no sign of the man himself, despite divers searching the river bottom and a helicopter in the air. After turning up nothing, authorities decided to shoot three Nile crocodiles and search their stomach contents. In one was found a piece of shoe that matched the type Scott wore. Later DNA tests of the croc turned up positive evidence that Scott had, in fact, generously provided the large reptile with a meal.


Thankfully, Scott will be well remembered for the many safaris he led on land bordering nature preserves, helping trophy hunters take such prizes as elephants and giraffes. “Stop whining, go hunting,” was his company’s motto.

What a fitting example he set for us all.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 30, 2019 at 20:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects at The Underground Bunker. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)


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