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Al Arabiya speaks to Saudi hunter who slaughtered a giraffe

Hajri said hunting was his hobby and that his next catch would probably be a baby elephant

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Riyadh - After a graphic video went viral in July showing a giraffe being slaughtered in South Africa, the Saudi hunter Rashed al-Hajri told AlArabiya.net that giraffe meat “was actually delicious and satisfying compared to goat or veal meat.

The 42-year-old recounts his hunting story, saying: “We were on a hunting trip in Kenya on a boat close to Tanzania one day before Ramadan. While we were looking around, I found a giraffe and was feeling hungry. I had a feeling its meat would be delicious.”

“At the time, there were some villagers nearby who were with us and who were poor Muslims. They asked us hunt and slaughter the giraffe and to distribute the meant among the poor,” he told AlArabiya.net.

He said that in the video that went viral over the summer, he could be heard saying that the meat was going to be devoured by his friends and what was left would be returned back home to Saudi Arabia. He clarified to AlArabiya.net that “it was just a joke between close friends and family”.

Hajri said hunting was his hobby and that his next catch would probably be a baby elephant. “I’m sure that baby elephants’ meat is tender enough to be cooked with the mandi or madhbi dishes,” he said, referring to two Saudi national rice-based dishes.

WARNING: Viewer discretion advised, footage contains graphic content.

*This article was originally published in Arabic on AlArabiya.net.