What's your closest encounter with wildlife?

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Re: What's your closest encounter with wildlife?

Post by sramirez » 10 Feb 2018, 09:38

My closest encounter with wildlife was a raccoon , we were cutting a tree in my house then was a family of raccoons inside, cutting the tree mama raccoon jumped from the other side of the tree was very close to me I jumped too I was very scared, raccoon ran away

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Post by Eileen R » 18 Mar 2018, 04:03

I went for a trip to the Nairobi National Park and I was fortunate enough to get up close to a lion. It was the best experience ever!

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Post by Zain A Blade » 12 Apr 2018, 11:24

Oooh, yours was one frightening experience. I can relate because a lion almost mauled me at a zoo in Nigeria. I was young and fearless (or just crazy), I breached their safety protocol and decided to cross the metal bars to get a close up shot of a lioness. The only thing between me and the lioness was a flimsy wired fence. The shock of my camera's flashlights irritated the lioness and she came at me, lurching at the fence that separated us. All of a sudden it occurred to me that to a lion I am nothing but prey. I ran as fast as I could to the exit, because I knew without doubt that another lurch at the fence will completely bring it down. If the wired fence had given way before I got out, I would have made headline news that day as he second person mauled by a lion in that same zoo. The first one was a caretaker who forgot to lock the gate to the lion's den while feeding them.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 13 Apr 2018, 18:54

Zain A Blade wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 11:24
Oooh, yours was one frightening experience. I can relate because a lion almost mauled me at a zoo in Nigeria. I was young and fearless (or just crazy), I breached their safety protocol and decided to cross the metal bars to get a close up shot of a lioness. The only thing between me and the lioness was a flimsy wired fence. The shock of my camera's flashlights irritated the lioness and she came at me, lurching at the fence that separated us. All of a sudden it occurred to me that to a lion I am nothing but prey. I ran as fast as I could to the exit, because I knew without doubt that another lurch at the fence will completely bring it down. If the wired fence had given way before I got out, I would have made headline news that day as he second person mauled by a lion in that same zoo. The first one was a caretaker who forgot to lock the gate to the lion's den while feeding them.
Apparently, the caretaker didn't take care. And you, daring photographer, are something else. I wonder if you would have enjoyed your pictures had you been mauled by that angry lioness. I'm glad you escaped unscathed. And wiser?

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Post by Cswrawr » 13 Apr 2018, 19:02

I haven't had any encounters with animals quite as exotic as the ones in the book, however, once while I was out hiking I came around a turn on the trail and saw that a fence was down and there were a bunch of cows out. I didn't expect that nor did I expect, on closer inspection, the coyote sitting among them watching me. :shock: I stepped backwards back into the trees, pulled out my phone, stepped out again, took a photo, turned around and hiked the other way.
And last summer while camping a bear walked through our site in the middle of the night, that was cool.

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Post by atonykamau » 16 Apr 2018, 08:48

I really haven't had that much of an encounter with wildlife because I've lived most of my life in the city.

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Post by Zain A Blade » 16 Apr 2018, 09:02

Miriam Molina wrote:
13 Apr 2018, 18:54
Zain A Blade wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 11:24
Oooh, yours was one frightening experience. I can relate because a lion almost mauled me at a zoo in Nigeria. I was young and fearless (or just crazy), I breached their safety protocol and decided to cross the metal bars to get a close up shot of a lioness. The only thing between me and the lioness was a flimsy wired fence. The shock of my camera's flashlights irritated the lioness and she came at me, lurching at the fence that separated us. All of a sudden it occurred to me that to a lion I am nothing but prey. I ran as fast as I could to the exit, because I knew without doubt that another lurch at the fence will completely bring it down. If the wired fence had given way before I got out, I would have made headline news that day as he second person mauled by a lion in that same zoo. The first one was a caretaker who forgot to lock the gate to the lion's den while feeding them.
Apparently, the caretaker didn't take care. And you, daring photographer, are something else. I wonder if you would have enjoyed your pictures had you been mauled by that angry lioness. I'm glad you escaped unscathed. And wiser?
Any wiser? Well, I must say that the fear of lions is still in me. That should be enough to keep me wary of all predators going forward.

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Post by Clinical1 » 22 Apr 2018, 12:34

When camping in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, we heard of bear sightings. Some of the trees in our campground showed sign of bear scratches. We didn't see any, thankfully.

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Post by jvez » 23 Apr 2018, 09:57

I've seen lions and tigers when we visited the zoo once. They allow you to take pictures with tigers. I couldn't even force a smile while standing beside the tiger, but my companions enjoyed the experience.

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