Latina superstar Shakira was attacked by a sea lion in her native Columbia this week and this being 2012 her first thought was to detail the event on Facebook immediately.
The posting entitled ‘Special Report: Attacked by a Sea Lion’, read in part: _”Omg what just happened to me! I was attacked by a sea lion! This afternoon I happened to see some sea lions and seals. I thought to myself how cute they were so I decided to get a bit closer than all of the other tourists and went down to a rock trying to pet them doing a baby talk while taking pictures…Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me.__
Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralyzed by fear and couldn’t move, I just kept eye contact with it while my brother ‘Super Tony’ jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast. I believe what happened is that it confused the shiny reflection of the blackberry I was taking these pics with, with some sort of fish. It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it.”_
I wish Shakira had used her Facebook time – and fame – to send a more responsible message. Something like, “OMG! Today I forgot that wild animals are just that – wild! I shouldn’t have gotten so close to that sea lion. It’s a wonder I wasn’t seriously hurt. I hope people learn from my mistake and stay away from wild animals!”
Is something like that too much to ask?