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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:17 pm 
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This mommy ( with 4 young cubs ) , came right by me , looking me straight in the eye :roll:
Phew ! , that calculating look , made me close the window pretty quick-smart and even today , I still get cold shivers down my spine just thinking about it :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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Nice photos and interesting views. I shall give the open window photo shoot a go during my next visit to KNP in Sept.


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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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We were at the Hyena den near Letaba (though in those days we didn't know there was a den there!!)
Mommy and babas were lying down relaxing by the side of the road, so we stopped not too near, in case we startled them.
My window was down, and I was getting my camera ready for a few photos, when out of the corner of my eye I saw movement!!! Daddy Hyena was right by my open window, eyeing me up and down. :shock:

Thanks goodness for electric windows!! :whistle:

I always check now in all directions, to see if the whole family (regardless of which animal they are) is present!!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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On this ocation our windows were defnitaly close!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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Thanks goodness for electric windows!! :whistle:

Eh... I prefer non-electric ones. That saves having to grab the carkey first, switch on contact, and finally being able to close the window.
And by hand can be faster, with more force.

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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This video clip, is part of a documentary made by the BBC several years back, they interviewed Dr Douw Grobler in regards to the maneating lions in Kruger.

Earlier this year my SO and I had a similar encounter with a male lion in the South of the Park, the lion also lowering himself swishing his tail and performing an ominous rumbling growl at us. Needless to say my window was definitely closed. We have had similar incidents with other lions as well. In our experience this seems to be happening more frequently now than in the past.


Man eating lions in Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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I have little doubt that cats indeed know there is an animal (not sure if they always know it is a human) in the car; several times we've had lions and leopards looking directly into our eyes despite being well back from the window. It is not just a glance, but a stare that may become a challenge. Cats are highly intelligent and should never be underestimated.

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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The window was open as this beauty walked by!

This is the baobab leopard ...

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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If this lioness wasn't looking at me through the open window, then I don't know what she was looking at!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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And the closest I ever got ... I could have literally touched this one!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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I sure was nervous! Really gets the heart pumping ... The windows were open enough to get the camera lens through and that was it! I must admit though (as some of the forum items have said) I don't think the position of the windows matters ... If a cat wants you, it's gonna go through a car window open or not!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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We had an experience once with a troop of baboons during which we closed our windows before approaching and came to a stop to see what they do.
We just so happened to be enjoying some coffee and biscuits at the time and one of the baboons saw us eating after which he jumped onto the bonnet of the car and had a closer look.
We sent him a message by squirting the windscreen wipers, needless to say he jumped pretty high off the car.
But if our windows were open it might have been a different situation, as the animal had the intelligence to pick up that we had food I'm very certain it would have taken a chance and snuck in the window for a quick snack.

Assessing the situation and taking precautions can prevent a bad situation from occurring. so caution should always be taken when dealing with wild animals.


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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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Taken from an open safari vehicle ... No windows to put up!!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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Then again , this guy was so close , and since I had no wide-angle lens , I had no alternative but to take two pics ( through an open window :big_eyes: ).

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 Post subject: Re: Predators and open windows
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These guys were about 3 to 4 meters from my window!

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