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The Karoo National Park region is an area where there are a lot of sheep farms.
Many years ago when there were still many hyaenas roaming free, the farmers would catch them in these traps as they would kill and eat their sheep.
It was build of stones and had a large enough entrance. Farmer would put some meat at the back of it to entice the animals in, then when they moves the bait, it would trigger a door behind then to shut down. On the other side was a small opening in the stones and through this, people could then kill the hyaena.
Very rarely a mating pair will be seen or a mother and cub so when someone tells me they saw three or five together, I know they are probably speaking about cheetah.
One day near Satara Camp in Kruger National Park, I saw a leopard walking a distance away and waited for it to get into a clearing. To my surprise, I saw more movement in the grass and a cub of about two years old appeared too.
Then came the shock - a THIRD leopard appeared!! I have never in all my years seen something like this and was astounded.
After a short get together, the male walk away in a different direction to the female and cub and went to lay in the grass while the pair continued on. They were soon on the road right next to me and I was able to get some great shots of them. I can only surmise that the cub was at an age where the female would be chasing him away and that she was coming into heat again, hence the presence of the male.
Whales normally breach too far from the shore to get any pictures or video
footage but on calm days, they tend to come in closer. On one of my last days
at the coast, I went to the shops at the small town of Port Edward and decided
to buy something for lunch and take it down to the shore to eat.
There was a Humpbacked Whale just off the shore!! Lunch was forgotten as I
grabbed cameras and tried to capture the images of it and it was not till I put
the footage on the computer, that I noticed something interesting......
What surprised me in all of this was that the fishermen on the shore, just
a few meters from the whale, took absolutely no notice of it even though it was
basically swimming under their fishing lines!! Can people be so blind to things
which happen in nature?
One always thinks that crocodiles do nothing else but eat whatever comes near.
At Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park, I saw this huge crocodile sharing space with some buffalo. Crocodiles will not eat or hunt when they have recently eaten as and average meal of an Impala would take about 28 days to digest.