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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:08 pm

Just for perspective.....the bowl over the solifuge is one of the salad bowls from the bungalow! My job was to get it over the solifuge while someone slid some cardboard underneath it to trap it inside.
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Unread post by hilda » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:49 pm

The Solifuge and Scorpion give me the creeps Goggo EJ! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Unread post by Mischief » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:58 pm

Me big WIMP when it comes to creepy crawlies...more amazing images thank you!
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Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:23 pm

Loving your "catch-up" report. You have been so busy and had some marvelous sightings!

Thank you for sharing.
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:27 pm

Just awesome ! All the creepy crawlies would have scared me!


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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:28 pm

One last photo for now, and probably represents one of the most scary moments in my life so far!

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This is where a hippo broke through the newly repaired fence right next to my caravan one night.

The previous morning I had seen a hippo in camp just after unlocking the gate. It disappeared into the staff area and out through a section of fence which was down there. They were in the process of replacing the fence and electrifying it at the time, but had not got to that section yet.

That evening the staff and I tried to barricade the small entrance to the staff area to stop the hippo coming through again. After dark there were the unmistakable noises of the hippo trying to break through the barrier. We did try to notify the section ranger, but could not get through to him.

After going to bed all seemed quiet, but suddenly I was awoken by noise again and realised the hippo was trying again, then the caravan was banged and rocked.....and I realised it was near me. This time I got the section ranger via the emergency services, and he drove down to the gate.....but I still had to go and open it for him! I quickly jumped into my car parked next to the caravan and drove to the gate......but aware that the hippo might be just behind the wooden fence next to the gate (in fact it was......only metres away from me!).

We spent a couple of hours trying to get it out of the gate which we left open, trying to herd it with our cars, but it kept breaking away to the area in front of the bungalows. Eventually the section ranger said to leave it, and he drove back home. I did not realise he left the gate open hoping it might leave of its own accord......Either through the gate or the gap in the fence next to my caravan which he had made to enter (I had not seen that gap at this stage either!).

Next morning I got up to unlock the gate and as I went to the car (safety again!) saw the gate was open and that a couple of staff were standing there. They called me by name, and I started to walk towards them thinking they wanted me for something......Only to come face to face with the hippo coming round the side of my caravan. Only the width of the caravan was between us at that point!!!!

I flung myself backwards and against the canvas of the caravan tent as the beast rushed at and past me, feeling its rough skin brush my arm as it did so.

Again called the section ranger, and this time, joined by one of the campers in his car too, we managed to herd the hippo out of the gate. It did not come back that night.......!

Very nasty situation.....and so glad we do now have an electric fence, and nothing has come through since then. We also keep the gate closed in the day time as well. I was so conscious of the danger to the campers and had even gone around camp the night before warning them about the possibility of the animal coming in......so glad I did that!!!!!
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Unread post by salamanda » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:44 pm

The Lonely Bull backpack trail looks wonderful! Thanks for those interesting pics - always great to see something a little unusual. Unusual too is the solifuge, massive! That was a very scary story about the hippo and I'm so glad you now have electric fencing.

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Unread post by Delene D » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:03 pm

Hi GEJ. So nice to catch up on your adventures. Thanks for sharing and for great photos.
the creepy crawlies gives me the creeps and that hippo coming so close to you and you and your caravan must have given you such a fright.Regards from East London, and take care!

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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:36 pm

Wow!! that was a close hippo call!
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