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Wisdom from Dave Bexfield

Wisdom from Dave Bexfield

While I was tramping through the Kenyan bush some years ago with my new wife, our safari guide gave our small group specific instructions as to what to do if we encountered certain dangerous animals.

“If an elephant charges our crew, everyone has to scatter–they won’t bother to chase a lone person.” In my head I mapped out what direction I would run and what I would do if my wife tried to team up with me. (Scold Laura nicely, and then run the other way.)

“If a rhinoceros charges you, run in a zigzag pattern to confuse them–their eyesight is not so good.” I mentally prepared for the situation, virtually dashing right, then left.

“And finally, if a Cape buffalo turns on you, get down on your knees. And pray… that your last will and testament is up to date.” This was not so comforting.

The wild African buffalo, cheerily nicknamed “black death” or “widowmaker,” kills more people annually – some 200 – than most any other animal on the continent. That meant no, a pride of lions was not going to clamor onto my back and drag me down for a mid-morning snack ala Planet Earth. I would instead meet my doom, and our honeymoon would come to an abrupt halt, at the end of the damp snout of an enraged bovine. At least, I reasoned, it would make for an unforgettable story….Continue reading at

Dave Bexfield is the founder of, a website to help those with multiple sclerosis stay active physically, intellectually and socially.

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Photo Credit: Water Buffalo by Rupert Taylor-Price

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8:45AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

11:57AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thanks for the story with such good advice and great visuals.

12:47AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

I enjoyed the article. However, the tiny mosquito kills the most people in Africa each year. Apart from some 500 millions of infections it causes - malaria kills some 3 million people each year in Africa. That's why it's so helpful to donate mosquito nets....

Of the large animals, the hippopotamus causes the most deaths every year. However, the Cape Buffalo is also a bad boy.

12:52AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

What a great inspiration. When life keeps hitting you with disappointments, one adter another, how do you manage to acquire this attitude? And then to keep it? Self-pity is a slippery slope.

6:12PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


5:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Dave Bexfield , thank you for sharing your SO VERY touching story :) It brought happy tears to my eyes, and I am so glad YOU DID IT !!

4:16PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


4:14PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Αστεία ιστορία.

1:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


1:33PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


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This article is pretty slim on facts, a little more content and facts would be nice.


...ummm...."meetings", not "neetings." (bad fingers! No supper for you!)

i want to watch it over and over and over and over.......mwah!!!

thanks for the article.


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