Photographer Has His Canon 5D Mark II Kidnapped and Killed by a Lion
Atlanta-based photographer Ed Hetherington makes a living photographing weddings, but earlier this month he traveled to Zimbabwe for a wildlife photography adventure. While there, he had a unique experience he won’t soon forget: a lion stole his camera.
Hetherington was shooting with a Canon 7D, 5D Mark II, a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, and a 16-35mm f/2.8L II. Wanting to photograph wild animals from an “on the ground perspective,” he also brought along a wireless remote and a small camera stand.
After successfully using the remote camera to photograph elephants and African wild dogs, he witnessed a lioness killing a buffalo a short distance away from his camp. When the lioness wandered off to a nearby stream for a drink, Hetherington decided to try and snag some up-close photos of the creature feeding on the carcass.
He quickly placed his 5D Mk II and wide-angle lens next to the carcass, retreated to a safe distance, and then waiting for the lioness to return: