Johnny Be Good
Cape Town is by far one of the most beautiful scenic cities in South Africa. The city is crowned with the iconic Table Mountain and known as the place where two oceans meet. The combination of different landscapes attracts a wide variety of wild life. The cold Atlantic ocean brings one animal in particular, the seal. Although they are adorable in appearance they are actually very dangerous, especially when feeling threatened. However, that is not the impression you get when you meet Johnny Be Good. Down at the dock yard of a the small yet very busy harbor in Hout Bay you will find a man who had befriended one these mammals. For thirteen years he has fed and bonded with a seal that he has named “Johnny Be Good”.
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The bond between these two unlikely friends is clearly visible, they have a language between them that only they understand. The man puts a piece of fish in his mouth and Johnny comes right of the water and grabs it. As spectacular as this site may be it has caused a controversial stir. Environmental groups along with some of the locals are concerned that wild animals should not become dependent on humans for food. If they do get aggressive and bite they can cause major wounds and possibly infections to humans. As it remains any wild animal that has been tamed by a human is a topic of huge debate. Many of these unlikely friendships have ended up in tragedies.
Despite all the warnings the man continues to make a small living showing off his unique expertise to international tourists who board the tour boats along these docks. In exchange for a few coins you can get the opportunity to personally hand feed the seal yourself… that is as long as Johnny stay’s good!
Have you ever been to Cape Town? Would you feed Johnny be Good? What are your thoughts about this unlikely friendship? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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