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[Top 10] ~ August 2013 Photos

The African bush is filled with amazing photo opportunities which I don’t like to miss, however, after a while, I end up with hundreds of photos on my laptop and no one to show them to.

I manage to post some of the best images (such as the male Lion or the Cheetahs with kill) but for the majority of them I haven’t had the time or patience to write a proper entry about them so they linger around waiting to be forgotten.

For that reason I have decided that at the end of each month I’ll try to post a “top 10” photos for you to see. I apologise for starting this top 10 already half way through September but I promise that the next ones will be on time!
I have plenty more photos but I don’t want to end up “spamming” the blog with too many so I’ll post and organise them on the Wildlife TV Pinterest page. If you would like to see more of specific animals (birds, antelopes, predators, etc), landscapes or just South African wildlife in general feel free to follow the appropriate boards.

For now I hope you enjoy August’s selection!

 

Male African Lion (Panthera leo) uses some branches from a tree to scratch in the South African savannah.

Male African Lion (Panthera leo) uses some branches from a tree to scratch his head.

Small baby African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) keeps close to the mother for protection in the South African savannah.

Baby African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) keeps close to the mother for protection.

Two Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) eat their latest kill, a baby Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) in the South African savannah.

Two Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) eat their latest kill, a baby Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros).
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Female Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) runs across the road to meet her partner on the other side. Taken in the South African savannah.

Female Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) runs across the road to meet her partner on the other side.

Black Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) carries the tail of a Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) killed by Lions (Panthera leo) on the previous day. Take on the wild South African savannah.

Black Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) carries the tail of a Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) killed by the Lion (Panthera leo) pride on the previous day.

Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) standing proud on the South African savannah.

Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) standing proud on the South African savannah.

Big African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull eating some tasty leaves from a tree branch while keeping an eye on us. Taken on the wild South African savannah.

Big African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull eating some tasty leaves from a tree branch while keeping an eye on us.

Male Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) foraging for food in the South African savannah.

Male Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) foraging for food in the South African savannah.

Male Lion (Panthera leo), the king of the jungle, wandering around the savannah

Male Lion (Panthera leo), the king of the jungle, patrolling the savannah.
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Sofia and Nick from Wildlife TV blog on the 28th August (Sofia's birthday)

Sofia and Nick on the 28th August (Sofia’s birthday)

Até à próxima!

~Sofia.


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[Photo] Cheetah with kill
[Photo] Lion: The King of the Jungle
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[Photo] Cheetah with kill

One of the perks of living in the middle of the African savannah is getting to watch real life and death situations.

Just two days ago we were driving around in the game drive vehicle on a normal safari day when we encountered a female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) with her two young cubs just next to the road with their fresh kill. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the chase (that would have been amazing) but we did see the end result, a dead baby kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with a very badly damaged neck.

All three cheetahs were just resting by the shade next to the recently deceased antelope, probably trying to regain some energy after the afternoon hunt. The mother was laying down just in front of the carcass and the two young juveniles were on each of her side.

They were lucky enough to manage to eat the entire animal before one of the big cats (leopard (Panthera pardus) or the lions (Panthera leo) around the area) stole it from them so they got their bellies quite full. Took them 2 days to eat the animal completely and leave the area.

Check out the photos I took of them with the young dead kudu.

 

Female mom cheetah (Acynonyx jubatus) chases, catches and kills a prey baby kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) for her cubs

Female mom cheetah (Acynonyx jubatus) chases, catches and kills a prey baby kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) for her cubs (one of the right)

Female mom cheetah (Acynonyx jubatus) chases, catches and kills a prey baby kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) for her cubs

Female mom cheetah (Acynonyx jubatus) chases, catches and kills a prey baby kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) for her cubs

Hope you liked it.

Até à próxima!

~Sofia.


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Adam Sandler attacked by cheetah in South Africa

Just a couple of days ago we had in the news the story about how an impala jumped into a tourist car in the Kruger National Park while trying to escape two cheetahs chasing it.

Today another news story involving cheetahs but this time with a famous Hollywood actor, Adam Sandler.

It seems that Mr. Sandler went on a South African safari and got to interact with cheetahs. Bare in mind that this is not the normal safari experience. Wild animals don’t like to be disturbed when they are just trying to survive and human interaction usually brings unnecessary additional stress that can damage their health. Unfortunately some places have either captive animals or tamed or semi-tamed animals that can be “exploited” to bring more tourists. Who wouldn’t want to pet and interact with a wild big cat right?
Wild animals will always display wild behaviours, whether we want it or not.

In this case you can watch on the video, first the introduction to what happened on the Letterman show, and then the actual video of the incident showing how the cheetah first circles Mr. Sandler and then jumps to his back. It is not in any way a vicious predator attack, it looks like a playful move from a big (probably tamed) cat wanting to have some fun. Of course that I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be scary to have a cheetah jumping on top of you. Cheetahs are the only felines that cannot retract their claws, this means that even if the animal was just playing, it could very easily make a nasty “scratch” (plus a traumatic experience).

 

Check out the video of Adam Sandler on the David Letterman show explaining what happened and the actual footage with the cheetah at the end.

 

 

Até à próxima!

~Sofia.

 

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Other Dangerous Animals entries:
When Herbivores Attack: Elephants & Rhinos
A bloody end to a bloody career: Poacher trampled by elephant
Predator or Prey: Who do we cheer for?
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