macho mouse wrote:
BethR... what you doing girl? With experiences like that why you not here??
Believe me... I'd go back there in a heartbeat!!
Work and school keeping me busy for now...
Just one more to share with you...
This also happened in a park during my course ...
There were 36 of us in the class, divided up into 6 landcruisers and we had gone out into the park on last time that afternoon to see if we could spot any lion. The landcruisers were outfitted with radios so we could keep track of each other. Our landcruiser was stopped and we were enjoying a herd of zebra when one of the other vehicles radioed us to say they had seen a python next to the road. Seconds later they radioed saying it was approaching the vehicle, and then again, it had gone underneath and climbed up into the vehicle!!
We weren't too far off and hurried over to the spot. Though we weren't supposed to alight from the vehicle, everyone was milling around and the interns and prof had the hood of the car open and were trying to coax the python out. It was no use...it was winter and cool out, that python was enjoying the warmth of the engine and just coiled around in there tighter!
Pretty soon the rest of our gang arrived. The terrain was so flat that tourists could see all the traffic from a distance and hurried on over thinking we'd seen something good. They stopped and got out too...we had quite a crowd milling around the landcruiser! Finally a vehicle of park rangers drove up, they stopped and got out too. They were armed with large rifles, but of course they wouldn't do much for a python wrapped around an engine. Yet another vehicle pulled up, and this time it was a CNN camera team who brought out their cameras and started filming it all!! It was so funny...students, tourists, rangers and cameramen all milling about in the middle of the wilderness!
In the midst of all this confusion, a lone elephant bull started to meander our way, he was curious and came closer. People hurried to their cars and one by one, the vehicles drove off -including us- leaving the unfortunate students and their landrover still with the python in it. The students had climbed back into the landcruiser and I have a great photo of the elephant and the students and prof in the vehicle -sizing each other up!
Well, the elephant moved off and finally the rangers told them to drive the vehicle back on to camp. Needless to say, we parked it nice and far from our campground and the next day, around noon, the python slithered out from under the car and into the bush...he must have been about 10 ft or so.