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Re: What's your closest encounter with wildlife?

Post by Lincolnshirelass » 06 Nov 2017, 09:11

I'm well aware this is going to sound very tame compared to some, but I once had an encounter with a very, very angry, very, very large carthorse. Yes, they're normally the world's most placid creatures and that made it worse! I emerged unscathed but wouldn't care to repeat the experience. BTW a friend of mine once genuinely did have her arm broken by a swan (or so she CLAIMED, for all I know she could have fallen down stairs, but she wasn't given to lies ...!)
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Post by bruin » 09 Nov 2017, 02:46

I've been to a wildlife safari in Nebraska and the animals cross your path or even can come up to your car. You just slowly drive through the trails in your own car and it was such an amazing experience. I haven't been there in almost ten years, but that is one of my favorite memories when I lived in the Midwest.

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Post by Momiji1987 » 10 Nov 2017, 01:36

I played with a young doe once. She acted tame and let me pet her and when I ran, she leaped after me. She was adorable.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 10 Nov 2017, 02:53

Hi, Momiji. That was Bambi!

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Post by AdaJude » 10 Nov 2017, 04:11

Not so long ago, I was at my neighbour's compound helping out on some build. I was using his wheelbarrow to bring cement bags from my pickup. The route went through some undeveloped and bushy property--the only one in a wide area.

Keen to finish the assignment, I was working loads way above my strength. So I made frequent stops to catch my breathe. Towards the end, I'd loaded 5 (50kg) sacks and proceeded through the bush. Halfway through I was so exhausted I stopped, then they appeared.

It was a hot day, so underneath some shade I found a cardboard box which I sat on. A couple of bees came out, then a swarm right off my crouch area from inside the box. I was paralysed by fear as I felt my entire body covered by bees. I just froze, I can't even remember breathing. After what seemed like an eternity they just flew away. I'd later realise that I'd been stung 7x on my back and face. But could only feel the pain about an hour later as I recounted the tale to my unbelieving hosts.

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Post by AnanyaAk » 12 Nov 2017, 03:37

My closest encounter with the wild would be in a South African Sanctuary, where you can pet lion cubs and see them up close. One of the cubs bit me and started pulling at my hair! The handler had to intervene to get the cub off me.

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Post by WendyH » 12 Nov 2017, 11:37

While hiking through Cases Cove years ago, my friends and I came across three baby black bears eating nuts from the top of a tree. There were other hikers there standing at the base of the tree taking pictures, but we got out of there quickly. Where there are baby bears, you can be sure there is a protective mother bear not far behind.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 12 Nov 2017, 19:34

AnanyaAk wrote:My closest encounter with the wild would be in a South African Sanctuary, where you can pet lion cubs and see them up close. One of the cubs bit me and started pulling at my hair! The handler had to intervene to get the cub off me.
That must have been a harrowing experience! I would have been in a panic.

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WendyH wrote:While hiking through Cases Cove years ago, my friends and I came across three baby black bears eating nuts from the top of a tree. There were other hikers there standing at the base of the tree taking pictures, but we got out of there quickly. Where there are baby bears, you can be sure there is a protective mother bear not far behind.
And maybe a Papa Bear too. I hope those other hikers didn't get attacked.

We should bear in mind that bears are unbearably violent.

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Post by readingbooks1toall » 13 Nov 2017, 12:16

I have number of encounters such as counter with snake, counter with Jackal, counter with leopard and many more to come....

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Post by wynston » 14 Nov 2017, 14:55

My closest encounter with wildlife is with a wild boar. My dad was rearing pigs and went to feed them and I saw this big boar with is tusk push out it's mouth. I was so terrified I just ran back home.

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Post by kingslexasoh1000 » 14 Nov 2017, 15:09

When I faced my worst fear..

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When I faced my worst fear..
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Post by johappy » 16 Nov 2017, 21:38

My closest encounter with wildlife (besides the zoo) would be the times I've gone hunting. I've personally seen the inside of a deer! (I'll spare you the gorey details.)

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Post by OldNerd » 27 Nov 2017, 10:28

Closer encounter with wild animals is one of the experiences I always pray not to repeat itself in my life again. Close to a decade ago I was walking in some forest in my country, Kenya when I met a Leopard basking on the morning sun on top of a tree a few meters from me. I was terrified and almost shouted. I thank God I was able to pass through unhurt.

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Post by ladycraic » 28 Dec 2017, 22:12

Lincolnshirelass wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 09:11
I'm well aware this is going to sound very tame compared to some, but I once had an encounter with a very, very angry, very, very large carthorse. Yes, they're normally the world's most placid creatures and that made it worse! I emerged unscathed but wouldn't care to repeat the experience. BTW a friend of mine once genuinely did have her arm broken by a swan (or so she CLAIMED, for all I know she could have fallen down stairs, but she wasn't given to lies ...!)
Ha, that doesn't sound tame at all! If I was alone in a forest with even the nicest and friendliest of horses, I'd still run. The funny thing is horses are actually one of my favorite animals ever. I'm just a chicken at the sight of large creatures. :lol2:

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Post by ladycraic » 28 Dec 2017, 22:19

My closest encounter with wildlife was a snake of some sort. I never really found out what type of snake it was due to the fact that I hightailed it out of there.

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