“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”
|This warthog’s tusks are almost a full circle.|
Yea, I know. We’re running out of adjectives to use to describe our experiences. Or, perhaps, we ran out long ago. I look up words on a variety of online thesaurus’ searching for new or different words to use.
|These two cape buffaloes, horns stuck together, were close to the dirt road, making it easy to get these photos.|
Alas, all I see are the same adjectives we repeat, such as; stunning, spectacular, sensational, unbelievable, unbelievable, heart-stopping, heart-pounding, breathtaking, astonishing, surprising, and on and on.
|The anguished look on the faces was disheartening.|
What can we do to describe over-the-top adventures we encounter almost on a weekly, if not daily, basis? Not much unless anyone out there has a better idea.
|They could have been stuck for minutes, hours or days for all we knew when we stumbled upon this dreadful scene.|
Even if we ranked an experience on a rating system from one to ten in a short period, it would be as redundant as the above over-used adjectives in almost every one of our daily posts.
“Guffaw,” I say (nice word to use), I’m going to stop thinking about my overuse of these adjectives and go with the word(s) including all of the above and more, that most effectively describes what we’ve seen and done.
|They tried desperately to become un-entangled to no avail.|
So here we go again…attempting to describe yesterday’s self-drive in Kruger National Park in search of a unique wildlife experience. Oh, I’ll admit, a nice giraffe, zebra, or elephant photo op does get the blood pumping through our veins, eliciting a certain degree of enthusiasm.
|We felt helpless. There was nothing we could do other than report it and our location at the time. Would something be done, such as tranquilizing them to get them free? But, most likely, this wouldn’t be safe when there were dozens of other cape buffaloes in the area. They can be very dangerous animals. “It is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal, as it gores and kills over 200 people every year. Also known as Black Death, the Cape Buffalo can be extremely dangerous and is said to have killed more big game hunters than any other animal in Africa.”|
However, a large “parade” of elephants excites us more, as does a “tower” of multiple giraffes, as does a “dazzle” of a dozen or more zebras. For us, “onesies” aren’t quite as stunning as numbers have the potential to be.
|It seemed hopeless until another buffalo came along. Check the above video as to what the other buffalo did to help.|
The exception to the above may be in spotting rhinos; leopards, cheetahs, and of course, the often-sought lion or lioness and cubs. Then again, mysterious creatures such as the pangolin, porcupine, aardvark, and wild dogs, including many more nocturnal unlikely-to-spot animals even the most experienced guide seldom spots.
|Another buffalo approached, wondering what was going on. Check the above video as to what the other buffalo did to help.|
For us going into Kruger is all about our so-called “safari luck” or, as one may say, “pièce de résistance” when we have the opportunity to encounter something very special to us, which may be mundane to the more experienced participants in safaris throughout the world.
Then again, we’re no slouches in having had animal viewing experiences over the years. One need only peruse our site’s 2124 posts (as of today) to see how much we’ve actually seen in these past 5 years and 7 months since we began our journey.
|They have sad faces when content. But under these circumstances, they looked more miserable.|
So, after driving through Kruger yesterday, having no safari luck whatsoever other than sighting lots of impalas (typical), a few wildebeest (a little less specific), and a few zebras (always lovely to see but more common), we resigned ourselves to the fact that for once, and only once so far in our numbers of trip to Kruger, we’d leave with few exciting photos and videos.
Alas, as we began the return drive on a dirt road back to the Crocodile Bridge, forgoing the paved road with the more decent little rental car, we stumbled upon today’s highlighted story, the entanglement of two cape buffaloes whose horns must have become stuck during an altercation over supremacy.
|After they were free, they immediately started grazing. Who knows, maybe they hadn’t eaten in days?|
Upon returning from Kruger, I checked YouTube to see how many other videos had been posted with cape buffalo horns entangled in one another, let alone when another buffalo came to their rescue. There were none. This must be unique. This is the kind of sighting we long to discover.
Dear readers, revel with us in today’s video for which there is a lack of redundancy (at last) and, I doubt I can come up with any appropriate adjectives to describe this sighting. I’ll leave that up to you.
|Turtle crossing the road in Kruger.|
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Have a stupendous day!
Photo from one year ago today, May 24, 2017:
|Busy port in Skagway, Alaska. For more photos and Alaskan cruise final expenses, please click here.|