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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:33 am 
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There surely is a difference between an emergency deployment and just delivering stores or going to a shop.

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:18 am 
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Hi Everyone.

Poor Hippo :cry: :cry: :cry: , really shocked :shock: and :cry: to hear about the Hippo.

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:54 pm 
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First, SANParks should equip all its official vehicles with GPS trackers. Not only would they be able to follow all their vehicles in real time, they would also know when their vehicles exceed the speed limits. Fully automatic alerts can be set up to monitor infringements. Such tracking systems are widely available, and used by haulage companies and other fleet owners all over the world.

Secondly, contractors and others (researchers, private lodges) operating within the boundaries of the KNP (and other NPs, for that matter) should be obliged to temporarily equip their vehicles with SANParks tracking devices.

All this is perfectly feasible, and need not cost a fortune. Indeed, it could actually prove a good investment, as it will reduce costs, for example by limiting abuse such as use of vehicles for private purposes.

So . . . SANParks what are you waiting for?

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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What hour of day was this animal killed ???

Any idea anyone???

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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At one stage there were tracking devices in Sanparks vehicles, not sure if still there ?

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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Why did the hippo cross the road?


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:47 pm 
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Just a voice of experience sounding here. I am a Reserve Force officer with the SANDF, but haven't been active since I wanted to become an HR, for good reason. It's not the Army of old ...

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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4O4-5O4 wrote:
Why did the hippo cross the road?


Hippos travel quite far at night for good grazing, and move back to the sanctuary of the river in the early morning hours.

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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I think 404-504 meant is as a joke porridge :-).....like, why did the chicken cross the road?


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:16 pm 
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Fair enough, gjorgi, I got that, But it isn't terribly funny, is it? We're all trying so desperately hard to protect various species that when it's a relatively prolific animal which does cross roads frequently, we'd rather pretend it didn't happen?

I'd rather prosecute our so-called soldiers at any given turn.

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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I have seen some individuals employed or deployed in the Kruger demonstrating arrogance and disrespect for the nature and the wildlife and/or a misplaced/over-estimated sense of self importance resulting in speeding and so forth. Others have also mentioned here such instances where they have seen such conduct. I am not referring to emergencies and other necessary requirements of the job. Once again thank you to the majority of employees/contactors etc who are professional and respect the nature and the animals, you are doing a good job in my opinion :thumbs_up:

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Porridge wrote:
Hippos travel quite far at night for good grazing, and move back to the sanctuary of the river in the early morning hours.


Had the privilege of experience!!! A huge animal too encounter
and dangerous at that!! As Porridge says, also when any intruder,
like bright light or noise, between self and their waterhole they tend
to bolt back there for security!!

Manufactured cars and sedans of late stand little chance in the
charge!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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I cannot exactly prove or link the story but this is what I was told,
A Sanparks official, needed to travel from Skukuza to Lower Sabie
after hours in the dark!!...

Somehow he found himself in this awkward situation with daughter
in the car. I can vaguely remember it had something to do with a
pride of lion near the road, when this monstrous hippo decided to
return to it's haven for safety!!!

Bumped the car from the road and ditched it in proximity!!! the
aftermath rather traumatic!!

No one got eaten up, but yah,...daughter found herself alone with
unconscious father and growling lions nearby!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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Couldn't agree more porridge!


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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Speeding official vehicles (SANParks and defence force) in Kruger has become a norm and the situation is becoming worse.
Not to mention the unmarked Toyota double cab bakkie that sped around between Nkhulu and Lower Sabie everyday over the December 2013 holidays. It normally takes me an entire day to cover the distance between Skukuza & LS, this guy did Nkhulu - LS twice before I reached the picnic spot :x T Would be interesting to see what their fuel consumption are as opposed to consumption when you do the legal speed limit but everyone is complaining that there is not enough money. This type of behaviour is not on.
You were placed in a position to protect our wildlife, now you are destroying the pride of our country, my country for ...........I can go on about this but opt to stop before I type in Namakwalands.


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