What would you do if you were filthy rich?
Maybe you’d buy a mansion, or a Ferrari — you might even be kind enough to pay it forward.
But your first instinct probably wouldn’t be to spend your hard-earned millions hunting mutant animals.
That’s right. Mutant animals.
While totally a strange idea, hunting mutant animals has become hugely profitable in South Africa, where the high-end, big-game hunting industry is worth about $1 billion. The reason for the new trend? Rich hunters are getting bored of stalking and killing the same old defenseless lions and wildebeests. So the industry came up with an idea to survive.
Unusual coats and colourings have always been coveted by hunters worldwide, so now breeders are engineering exotic-looking animals that are exceedingly rare to come by naturally. They include white lions with pale, blue eyes:
Or black impalas (the one on top is a regular impala):
Others include golden wildebeests, white rhinos and more. The wealthy marksman who can afford to hunt these
mutants animals are willing to shell out more than 100 times what they would to shoot regular ones. We’re talking a golden gnu for $49,500, a black impala for $45,000, and a white lion for $30,000.
Naturally, there are now businesses set up around this type of sport. U.S.-based tour operator Africa Hunt Lodge advertises packages to international clients travelling to the country that include body-bagging some of these rare animals. For the costs we mentioned earlier, hunting tourists would receive a seven-to-14 night stay in a luxury lodge, be fed gourmet food and have their hunting permits approved.
Traditional hunters and conservationists aren’t fans of this indulgent practice though, and see it as little more than mucking around with animal genes for the sake of profit.
Either way, this is a sign you just have way too much money. But if you want to see some other super-rare animals (and these ones aren’t being hunted), you can find them right here.
In the meantime, leave the mutants alone. We wouldn’t want to upset them…