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 Post subject: Dealing with wild animals (esp ellies) - tips News24
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:02 pm 
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A good read for us all

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Thanks DB. :gflower: ..So true we all need to be aware of their behaviour and always be on the lookout for any threatening movements when in their space, and treat them with utmost respect at all times. :thumbs_up:

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Thanks DB, hope anyone who wants to show dominance towards an Ellie reads this first

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Very good read! Ellies are so powerful, and that power must be respected.

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That man in the vehicle is an absolute moron. And he has the audacity to let his arm dangle nonchalantly outside. He is not only the mamparra of the week but moron of the year.

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As his registration number is clearly visible, are SanParks doing anything about tracing him and banning him from Kruger as he obviously lives in the area with an MP registered vehicle?

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Interesting read. But what's the best if there is an Elephant in freont and an Elephant behibd you on the road and one of them is walking towards you?? Retreat or stand still and pray :hmz:
I guess many of us know this situation very well, I always had the luck that the Ellies were not aggressive in these situations and left the road when they came closer than 10-15 meters..

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Safari Gal wrote:
As his registration number is clearly visible, are SanParks doing anything about tracing him and banning him from Kruger as he obviously lives in the area with an MP registered vehicle?

He was fined etc. There is a topic on the forums re that particular incident. And a reply from SANParks. And also on that News24 paged linked to, is a link to the story of him being fined.

FC, I think there are times we can get caught up in a situation we would rather not be in ... so :pray: might be all we can do. I personally think if one remains calm and respectful in your attitude you will be ok. But that is my own opinion, yet to be tested :lol:

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But what's the best if there is an Elephant in freont and an Elephant behibd you on the road and one of them is walking towards you?? Retreat or stand still and pray :hmz:

Put your head between your knees, cover your head with your arms and periodically whisper "are they gone yet, are they gone yet?". :redface:

DB, I'm getting better. :naughty:
I'm even starting to accumulate some ellie pics of my own. (Mostly far off bumshots but a pic is a pic.... right? :lol: )

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Good read thanks for posting. I also did read that Elephant do not like the clicking cameras make. Need to find where I read it :hmz: not 100% sure but it may have been a Ellie guru I had the pleasure of meeting on my trip in May. But I did make a point of putting mine on silent.

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DB, I'm getting better. :naughty:
I'm even starting to accumulate some ellie pics of my own. (Mostly far off bumshots but a pic is a pic.... right? :lol: )
Yip ... if the viewer has a vivid imagination I suppose :whistle:

So, next time you want to book in Kruger and ask me if I have seen any ellies in the area (if I was there recently of course) I do not have to lie :twisted:

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DinkyBird wrote:

FC, I think there are times we can get caught up in a situation we would rather not be in ... so :pray: might be all we can do. I personally think if one remains calm and respectful in your attitude you will be ok. But that is my own opinion, yet to be tested :lol:

That's what I also try to do and so far it always worked well. But I remember one incident last November that really gave me a fright. I was driving on the Timbavati loop when another driver warned me about a grumpy Elephant a few hundred meters further on. A few minutes later I saw this guy. He was walking in the middle of the road towards me and obviously wasn't in a good mood. After slowly reversing for a while I got the fright of my life when I saw another bull in my back mirror on the road, also walking towards me :big_eyes: Now I reversed much slower andfinally had to stand still as the distance to both Ellies became closer and closer. I already thought if it would be an idea to leave the car and hope that the bulls attack the car instead of me but then both animals decided to leave the road and greet each other beside my car in the field.
I wouldn'T like to know what had happened if teh Ellies would have made bad experiences with cars earlier on :big_eyes:

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At Map this past weeks I nearly drove myself in to a "oops". I saw the car ahead stopping and saw the ellies next to the road. Not wanting to miss out on the sighting and drove closer only to have some of the ellies move in my direction next to road. but luckly the Mopani and Lala Palm were more "inviting and they just grazer past us next to the road. Wished the car ahead would please just move on that I can move forward a bit but no they just stood there and couldn't pass as that would bring me closer to the ellies.

Please when at a sight just check your rearview morror if your are not blocking the road and putting other cars at risk as the ellies move past.

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The article has sensible, if not just a little too timid, advice.

The only thing I can add is that we try to get beyond the eles before stopping and view them behind us, or at least level, so we can make a quick getaway if necessary.

The large majority are relaxed around cars, but the odd one.......

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