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 InspireMeToday.com.
Dave Bexfield is the founder of ActiveMSers.org, a website to help those with multiple sclerosis stay active physically, intellectually and socially.
Photo Credit: Water Buffalo by Rupert Taylor-Price