What's your closest encounter with wildlife?

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Post by juliusotinyo » 29 Sep 2017, 04:12

@ReviewerDiksha, I served in the Kenyan army a while back. I don't believe in warfare anymore.

We had rowed the outrigger to the spot. The motor had some issues earlier, somehow we'd forgotten it was fixed. The hippo incident was just last month.

The sharks were the closest I'd come to losing my life. Funny how through it all, I couldn't stop laughing. I guess people react differently in these situations. My other friends couldn't stop praying and repenting... I was beyond being scared for my life at the time.

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Post by ReviewerDiksha » 29 Sep 2017, 04:21

juliusotinyo wrote:@ReviewerDiksha, I served in the Kenyan army a while back. I don't believe in warfare anymore.

We had rowed the outrigger to the spot. The motor had some issues earlier, somehow we'd forgotten it was fixed. The hippo incident was just last month.

The sharks were the closest I'd come to losing my life. Funny how through it all, I couldn't stop laughing. I guess people react differently in these situations. My other friends couldn't stop praying and repenting... I was beyond being scared for my life at the time.
My friend is currently serving in the Indian Navy. Now that you mention it, he too was laughing all the while I was shouting at him to start the bike and get the hell outta dodge. :) The experiences that you shared reminded me of him, somehow.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 29 Sep 2017, 05:34

@ReviewerDiksha, must be our thing. Might be part of the training. But don't believe the hype, we are usually scared ? just delayed response.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 29 Sep 2017, 06:56

Hi, IanYanny! Are those flowers poisonous? What do they eat? I don't think I've been to Makiling. There are still lots of local places I've not been to.

Have you tried wearing a snake Zuma-style? I think they have that photo op in Malabon Zoo.

It's more fun in the Philippines, kabayan! Love your own. LOL

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Post by eelavahs-jay » 29 Sep 2017, 22:41

I live in an area that's not very populated (or urbanized) so I've had quite a few encounters with wild life. The ironic thing is that the most scariest encounter happened while in the city. There was an alligator lose, people peed themselves!

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Post by Job Njoroge » 30 Sep 2017, 05:00

The closest I have come to wild animals is a few feet to an African cobra. That made me jump out of my wits . Having been born in Africa I have seen many wild animals and come too close to some for comfort
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Post by meteku4 » 30 Sep 2017, 11:57

juliusotinyo wrote:I've had a few encounters, I am an avid angler and camp a lot whenever I can. I have 2 most frightening ordeals.

The first time was on my compound in rural Busia in Kenya. I woke up one night to the sound of my dogs going berserk. I picked my machete (mostly ceremonial) and stepped outside.

I found a large male hippo next to my car. It was 2x bigger than my Toyota and mean looking, it's eyes shone in the dark-a forbidding red-blue hue. I just stood there, my 4 dogs ran to my side. We were no match for such a beast even with​ my ceremonial machete.

I had never seen a hippo that close except in parks and I've had stories of it being the most deadly animal in Africa. It started walking towards me, and my mind wandered... Standing ground to protect my wife and kids who were asleep inside or order Chowder (my biggest dog) to attack and make my escape. It stood before me some metre or so and just stared at me. My dogs had stopped barking at this point and had cowed behind me, my machete was no longer in my grasp...I'd thought of striking it's nose. Then suddenly from behind my wife shows up all groggy calling me back to bed when she sees it. Her screams...Well, at least it scared the hippo. The earth shook in its wake as it run away.

I replaced my barbed wire fence with a concrete one in a week. I've never seen the beast again.

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My 2nd encounter was off the East African coast. I had paid some local fishermen to escort me to a well known shark fishing spot.

I'd just seen Jeremy Wade's show and I felt I could best him in tagging a Bull shark. 3 men in a small outrigger canoe, I was confident.

About 4km offshore we cast our bait and waited. The waters were still and crystal clear, we could even see sharks below... Which was ok until a swarm of thousands, each about the size of a man.

They shoved, prodded and snapped at our boat. We're it not for the outrigger we would have capsized and be torn to pieces. It lasted for an hour before we realised we had a working motor ? strapped it and sped off...
You really had some interesting encounters. I wonder what I would have done if it were me. My brief encounter I made with a little snake in a mango tree when I was climbing the tree made me lose taste for mangoes, at least for some time. I guess these experiences are meant to give us some memorable experiences.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 30 Sep 2017, 19:42

Hi, Meteku4! How little is the snake you found in the mango tree? I thought snakes only lurked in apple trees!

I have the feeling (from your screen name and mango tree experience) that you are Filipino. Am I right?

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Post by Mjgarrison » 02 Oct 2017, 08:46

Living in Colorado we see deer all the time, but I have experienced seeing two bears and when I was a child a momma mountain lion and her Cubs lived under our trailer. We could only see the eyes though because my dad wouldn't let me get close enough to see them clearly.

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Post by Yemurai » 02 Oct 2017, 14:07

I actually live nearby a wildlife park so my closest encounter was a couple of baboons that come regularly to my home and I had to run because I heard they can get quite violent when hungry

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Post by Harmony Hills » 04 Oct 2017, 07:38

Miriam Molina wrote:In Subic, Philippines, we were able to see Siberian tigers up close in Zoobic Safari. We boarded a jeep (with a glass roof and metal-grid windows) with safari guides who fed the tigers raw chicken meat through the windows. The tigers (easily averaging 400 pounds of striped flesh) jumped the vehicle and gave us a close-up of their dental apparatus. Not a ride for the faint-hearted!
I've had the same experience Miriam! The tiger took my breath away. I thought the vehicle would collapse under it seriously.
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Post by Eric77 » 05 Oct 2017, 14:31

I am blessed to have been born, raised and still living in Africa. I have had several close encounters with wildlife. Practicing small scale agriculture and sometimes hunting takes you very close to nature. My elder brother was bitten by a snake in our pineapple farm. On another occasion, we were chased by a crocodile while crossing a stream to go to the farm. In a way, it is not surprising.
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Post by juliusotinyo » 05 Oct 2017, 22:49

You really had some interesting encounters. I wonder what I would have done if it were me. My brief encounter I made with a little snake in a mango tree when I was climbing the tree made me lose taste for mangoes, at least for some time. I guess these experiences are meant to give us some memorable experiences.
Hi @Meteku4, as memorable as they are always respect nature. Back as a kid, my rural home was more of a forest than it is now, we used to have Leopards, which although I never encountered them, they were very destructive on livestock. By the early 90's most were butchered by the residents and no longer exist to this day. So sad how such majestic animals can be easily eradicated.

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Post by sj_robert » 06 Oct 2017, 04:05

Do feral dogs count? I was mauled as a kid to within an inch of my life. I have a terrible fear of dogs since. My memory of the incident is a little hazy though. I can't remember past jumping over the window of an abandoned building with the dogs in pursuit. I woke up in a hospital 15 hours later!
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Post by Manali_DC » 06 Oct 2017, 05:23

Closest encounter with wildlife was at a wildlife sanctuary where I took an elephant safari and saw a one horned rhino at really close quarters!!

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