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Battle at Kruger - YouTube Video

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Wed May 16, 2007 12:47 pm Unread post
You guys have to see this, it is a bit long but great. It is not my footage but rather a clip I came across, so if the camera person see's this, sorry but everyone should see it.
Have a look this
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Wed May 16, 2007 2:58 pm Unread post
Amazing, can you imagine watching this live!!!! Well done whoever took this must have had major adrenalin rush.. :D



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Wed May 16, 2007 7:43 pm Unread post
Wow Snoobab, it reminds me of a similar incident outside Biyamiti in 2001. There was no calf theft, but for an hour the buffs and lions fought for control of the road.
I wrote an article that was the original 'Traveller's Tale'. I have asked Diane if she can find it.


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Thu May 17, 2007 3:46 pm Unread post
Simply stunning!!!!!!! Any ideas where this taken?



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Thu May 17, 2007 4:07 pm Unread post
Don't have map with me but it looks like the dam on the dirt road that connects Numbi with Phabeni.


Battle at Kruger


Thu May 17, 2007 7:16 pm Unread post
Amazing, Snoobab!

It was at Transport Dam between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza. (You can see the windmill peeking out behind the dam wall.)

I was reasonably impressed with the jeep-jockey's humility and comments, but only reasonably. Let's leave that for another thread...



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Fri May 18, 2007 8:01 am Unread post
This same video is shown under Interesting Kills...would also like to know which dam as under the above thread it says on the road that links Phabeni gate to Numbi gate. According to my map that is the S1, which is impossible as the only dam is Mestel Dam and the video was definately not take there.



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Fri May 18, 2007 8:05 am Unread post
I had a look at the video again, and agree with Richprins, definately at Transport Dam, which is on the H1-1 tar road between Pkop and Skukuza



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Fri May 18, 2007 8:14 am Unread post
Thanks Mgoddard.

I also thought perhaps Transport Dam, but thought there was too much water in the dam in the video to be Transport Dam, as I have never seen that much water in the Transport Dam. Guess that I probably haven't been there when it is full.

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Fri May 18, 2007 8:29 am Unread post
The windmill in the background should give us an idea where the dam is. :hmz:



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Fri May 18, 2007 12:04 pm Unread post
brillant footage, how lucky to witness that :mrgreen: I looked at the video a few times I also think its Transport dam. Have had some good sightings there myself



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Fri May 18, 2007 12:34 pm Unread post
It was me who said in effect, Mestel Dam, but I think it was the Transport Dam now.

I have watched with horror, some of the other videos, from the stupid to the horrific. My view on 'hunting' have just got even more radical.


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Sat May 19, 2007 4:49 pm Unread post
If you watch carefully, the croc might well have saved the young buffs life.
The lions seem so focused on smothering the calf that they do not attack the vital organs.
The croc comes and the focus is on winning the animal back. Again, vital organs are protected.
Once the calf is back with the lions, they seem very focused again on smothering.
Notice how most lions are around the calf's face.
It seems like a lifetime to us, but maybe there was just enough time for the calf to escape mortal injury.

I will never look at a Buffalo in the same way again. :shock:



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Sat May 19, 2007 8:48 pm Unread post
Awsome!

It seemed to me that in the tug between the crocs and lions, something was torn off the little calf, I hope it was the tail!

Nature can be so cruel yet it knows no malice.



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Fri May 25, 2007 10:47 am Unread post
Marsupial Wolf, I have looked again and again to see what damage the croc might have done.
I think what we are seeing is an illusion due to the crocs tail and the water.
The little buff was amazingly mobile when moving back to the herd. I did not see any sign of limping.
The croc did have the hind quarter at one point. He tried to get a better grip, but the side of the animal must have been too bulky to hold.
My concern would be later infection. Both Lion and crocs have dirty, dirty mouths and the chance of a Staph infection would be the biggest danger if no vital organs have been damaged.
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