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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby forestgump » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:53 pm

Rooies :thumbs_up: There were a few errors in my scenario. Rounds are loaded before hand , and then only can one chamber a round , when absolutely necessary. The 30-06 is not a legal defence weapon for guides in Kruger, as Rooies pointed out .375 upwards would be :thumbs_up: :sniper:
Leaving guests alone is not desirable, better to send the 2nd rifle to scout up ahead, whilst 1st stays with guests, or avoid the possible dangerous area altogether, if possible.
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:10 pm

Gee whiz but I am slow to react :shock: Anyway, our guide decides to look for rhinos on the plain but on their way, a storm with thunder and lightning everywhere. The guide decided to head for the biggest tree on the plain to seek some shelter. The nearest other tree is about a 100 metres away. Good or bad idea?
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Richman » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:26 pm

I'd say bad idea , always been told stay away from tall tree's during alighting storm , so headingf for the tallest object around seems a little foolhardy to me
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:38 pm

Correct Richman :thumbs_up: But what do you suggest they should have done after seeing the approaching storm?
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:29 pm

Walking down a path in the reeds on the Olifants river during a backpacker trail, our guide suddenly freezes. He has spotted a hippo ahead, heading your way. The animal hasn't yet seen you but is close and will be on you in a few seconds.

Should he shout "run!"
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:00 pm

In order to hopefully remain undetected I would not shout.
Depending on the hippos position relative to the water , if we were closer to the water than the hippo I would gesticulate wildly for the trailists to retreat in the direction indicated towards safety.
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:36 pm

Firstly, a human will not be able to outrun a hippo, and especially along a narrow path surrounded by reeds. So running should only be a last resort. As Ndloti notes, it depends if the hippo is closer to the water than you, in which case it should most probably take flight in that direction. If the trailists are between the hippo and his flight path, it is best to make rapid, but controlled, movement away from the water and the path. Perhaps a lot of noise would be appropriate to alert the unaware beast that there are humans ahead of him.
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:08 pm

I cannot fault any of you on the arguments put forward. :thumbs_up:

But ....

This is one case where the opposite reaction may in fact be the wiser.

Hippo is know to follow a charge through and not stop.
If you are between him and his safe space (water) he will charge down his path (on which you are now standing) to reach it.

Given the scenario I had in my mind, it would be very wise to get out of the way and running might just be the best option.

So (and here Ndloti added a valuable remark) it might be wise for the guide to "wildly justiculate" for the members of the group to "get the hell out of the way at a more than average pace."

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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:30 am

Very informative, IB. This is what makes the quizzes so valuable. Well done, Ndloti. :clap:
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:56 pm

The group decides to return to the vehicle and on the way they spot a burrow with fresh warthog tracks in front of it. The guide ask one of the hikers to bend down in front of the entrance to check if there are any warthogs inside. OK or not?
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Tom124 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:00 am

I assume the hippo is not still chasing the group - in which case, it would not be a good idea to stop and admire a burrow!

I should think (and I'm almost certainly wrong) that the entrance to a burrow would be a sheltered, even damp, place for snakes to settle for a little while. If a human being were to block the nearest escape route (i.e. the burrow entrance) then any snake would feel threatened and retaliate - that's obviously bad news.

However, if fresh warthog tracks are around then this disturbance would stop snakes, spiders etc. from being able to settle down in the burrow. This would probably make it safer for the guest in question.

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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:17 pm

Never a good idea to peer into burrows. Also depends on whether the tracks are going into the burrow or out of it!!! In the daytime the warthog is likely to be out, but anything else might be inside......
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:29 pm

ecojunkie, I will give it to you. Never approach a burrow head on, you never know what is inside. As mentioned warthogs will normally leave the burrow during day times, but if it has been chased by a predator, it may have chosen the burrow to escape. If you stand directly in front of the burrow, the warthog, or for that matter any other animal, may see it as a threat and will charge you. Approach it from the side and make your presence known. Like the old dagga boys, some animals go on the attack mode if surprised.
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby RosemaryH » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:48 pm

:cry: EJ

You walking through the bush and spot a Rinkhals lying on the ground, head and neck area turned up, body completely limp and motionless. Do you approach it and examine it closely?
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Re: If not, why not? (RV)

Unread postby Tom124 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:28 pm

No. Rinkhals are notorious for playing dead when they feel threatened - which sometimes results in people picking up or touching a snake that is very much alive!
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