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A very rare sighting INSIDE Skukuza

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A very rare sighting INSIDE Skukuza

Unread post by imcarthur » Mon May 09, 2016 7:29 am

I was having coffee at 6am outside 206 yesterday (beside the restaurant area) & I saw this hippo running around the area beside the restaurant looking for a way out. I took a couple of quick pics with my iPhone. He hightailed it down the road. Park staff later were walking the perimeter to figure out how he got in.

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Re: A very rare sighting INSIDE Skukuza

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon May 09, 2016 7:37 am

Thank you for posting this photograph of the rare sighting in Skukuza imcarthur. I hope the Sanparks staff managed to guide the hippo back to the Sabie River as it must have been stressful for him. Also potentially dangerous to the visitors as a person does not expect a hippo at your rondawel.
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Unread post by lion queen » Mon May 09, 2016 7:47 am

Wow what an amazing thing to happen! :shock:

I do hope they managed to let him go back to the river!!
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon May 09, 2016 7:59 am

WOW :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

Hippos have been wandering a lot more lately, due to the drought. Bushbaby 30's car was charged by a hippo after a cricket function.

Thanks for the picture imcarthur.
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Unread post by RayK » Mon May 09, 2016 3:03 pm

Hi imcarthur,
There are sightings and then there are unusual sightings. That was REALLY an UNUSUAL sighting. :big_eyes:

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon May 09, 2016 3:47 pm

Wow. Thanks for sharing this rare sighting! Definitely a result of the drought and stress hippos are under.
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Unread post by Elsa » Mon May 09, 2016 4:01 pm

Unusual sighting inside camp and do hope they were able to guide the hippo to the right side of the fence and back to the water.
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Unread post by imcarthur » Tue May 10, 2016 6:04 am

Yes, when I talked to the Rangers doing the perimeter check, they said that the hippo was safely guided back to the wild. The day before, while we were waiting for afternoon walkers to assemble by the gate a male warthog was rooting around in the flower beds beside the main office - also inside. Shortly after a female & 2 younguns joined in.

Early morning at Lower Sabie now with everybody heading to gate opening . . . hippos grunting, baboons barking & birdcalls all around . . . :)

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Unread post by imcarthur » Tue May 10, 2016 6:11 am

And btw . . .

We had a light rain yesterday morning here. We saw tortoises, Impala, warthogs & a hyena drinking from small pools on the tars roads. They all seemed grateful.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue May 10, 2016 7:08 am

Thank you so much for the feedback. :thumbs_up: I am soooo pleased to hear about the rain.
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue May 10, 2016 10:04 am

It is great news about the rain Ian :thumbs_up: Did you had many good sightings during your trip so far? Wishing you many more good and pleasant sightings.
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Unread post by hilda » Tue May 10, 2016 2:13 pm

So glad the Hippo was guided back to the wild imcarthur! The rain is also very welcome news! Thank you so much for the feedback! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by helloda » Tue May 10, 2016 3:34 pm

WOW, I will be there on Monday :D
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Unread post by Cape Bulbul » Tue May 10, 2016 4:42 pm

With this type of sighting one need to :cam: :cam: just to show you were not dreaming :shock: or telling a :twisted: "wild" Africa story :lol:
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Re: A very rare sighting INSIDE Skukuza

Unread post by lion queen » Tue May 10, 2016 7:31 pm

Glad you had some rain!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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