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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:47 pm 
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Just got back from two weeks in Kruger (Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria). I saw at least three of four road kills every day. Among others: European rollers, Yellow-billed hornbill, many night-jars and also a scrub hare. Imo the last two point not to tourists. I was out at 5.30 am every morning and I haven't seen 1 night-jar this trip and also not a lot of tourists shortly after the gate opened. But after leaving Letaba at 5.30 am as the first car I met another car just north of the bridge over the Letaba coming from the north.

I remember from my trips the last two years road kills like porcupines (totally flat) an owl, bb-jackal (I posted some photos in another topic) and many, many night-jars. My experience is that it only get worse and worse. During the two weeks I have not seen one speed control.


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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In October 2013, returning to Tamboti, (birding) on the S145, we narrowly missed being hit head-on by a large, empty - no passengers on board, ?30+ passenger, white-painted bus with no markings we had time to observe; as it was hurtling at a reckless speed on the narrow and winding road in an area of detours, water puddles, road scrapings and blind curves; with the driver looking out into the bush and moving into our 'lane' to negotiate the bend. I can just remember screaming 'he doesn't see us'! My cousin was forced to swerve and plough into the bush where the car stalled. We wondered if the driver was even aware of us at all as the bus continued with no break lights showing, still on our side of the road. It took a minute for the shock to subside to register anger that such an over-sized vehicle was even allowed on this type of back road; that a lone driver could be so reckless, speeding so EXCESSIVELY as to guarantee danger; that we had escaped with our lives!! Could this bus have been some kind of staff carrier, a school bus maybe, as it definitely was not a tourist bus, although we were in the area of the private camps? We did not report the incident - we were too rattled to ID the vehicle ... predicting a 'no accountability outcome'. It was an awful experience. This driver was on a mission - we were just lucky. Sanparks has to find a way to monitor such transgressions.


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:10 am 
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Maybe it was a poacher?


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:40 pm 
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What, dressed up as a hippo??


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:07 am 
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No, goofball, I was responding directly to Marydee's post about the rogue truck she encountered.


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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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Did you report it Marydee?

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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BUMP.
Any news about the investigation yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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Just Sad. Will have to wait for the your side, my side and the truth......

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 Post subject: Re: Hippo killed by army truck
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BUMP.
Any news about the investigation yet?


Let me contact my colleagues to find out.

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