Saving an impala in South Africa

This 24 August 2018 video from South Africa says about itself:

After watching this stranded Impala struggle for 20 minutes to escape this man-made waterhole this kind and brave local man decided to intervene and save the life of this unfortunate buck in Kruger national park.


World’s oldest drawing discovered in South Africa

This 12 September 2018 video says about itself:

Oldest Drawing Ever Found Discovered In South African Cave

The researchers examined the marks and even recreated the patterns themselves, concluding they had definitely been deliberately applied with an ochre crayon.

Archaeologists used to think the ability of our species to think symbolically did not emerge until Homo sapiens colonised Europe around 40,000 years ago.

However, a steady trickle of evidence from places as far apart as Morocco and Indonesia has revealed that humans began practising art far earlier.

From Nature:

12 September 2018

World’s oldest drawing is Stone Age crayon doodle

‘Hashtag’ pattern drawn on rock in South African cave is 73,000 years old.

Colin Barras

Sometime in the Stone Age, human artists began experimenting with a new form of visual art: drawing. Now, from the ancient rubble that accumulated on the floor of a South African cave comes the earliest-known example — an abstract, crayon-on-stone piece created about 73,000 years ago.

“If there is any point at which one can say that symbolic activity had emerged in human society, this is it,” says Paul Pettitt, an archaeologist at Durham University, UK, who was not involved in the discovery. The find is described in a paper published on 12 September in Nature.

Nelson Mandela, 100 years celebration

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The honorary doctorate of Nelson Mandela

29 May 2018

2018 will mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), former President of South Africa. Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in 1999. The then Rector Magnificus Willem Wagenaar honoured Mandela as ‘a true defender of freedom’. We celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela by organising a lecture on 1 June 2018. More information here.

African porcupine outwits seven lions

This video from Kruger National Park South Africa says about itself:

10 April 2018

If I told you 7 male lions were after prey, you’d think that the prey is long gone… This porcupine definitely has luck and experience on its side to be able to teach 7 male lions a lesson!

Hennie Bekker (36), Director at Private Kruger Safaris, caught this action on camera. He told “We headed out in a South Easterly direction from Lower Sabie and at first there was only general game. We spotted a jackal hanging around close to the vehicle and then suddenly heard a rattling sound. We looked around to see where the sound was coming from and noticed 7 young lions trying to corner a porcupine.

I was very eager to see what was going on as I have spent a lot of time in the Kruger Park and rarely ever encountered a porcupine, so to see the lions interacting with the porcupine was definitely exciting. It was astounding to see how all these lions were unable to get the upper hand on the porcupine, as the porcupine cleverly kept his back towards them at all times. After a few good minutes, the lions gave up as they realised they were not getting anywhere and the game was over! The lions then moved on to drink water and walked off into the darkness and the porcupine lived to see another amazing day in Kruger”.

African young leopard bad at tree climbing

This video says about itself:

21 January 2018

Clumsy Leopard Cub Fails at Tree Climbing and walks away embarrassed ….

Leopard mom watches her cub trying to climb in a small tree (called the Magic Gwarri Tree/ Qwarri Bush) when the incident happened 🙂

One can clearly see the embarrassment of the cub as he walks away.

Greater Kruger National Park. “This particular video were filmed in Sabi Sands, while staying at Kirkmans Kamp” – Video Contributor, David Westerman

South African elephant’s compassion while crossing road

This video from South Africa says about itself:

27 December 2017

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This video is regarding a heartfelt moment between 2 young elephants.

As the herd was crossing the road, one young elephant struggled (way at the back of the herd) to get up an embankment. His mate, who just got up the embankment, saw this and waited for his mate at first. As he approached the struggling mate to help him up, the mate managed to get up and on the road himself. Amazing how close relationships elephants have 🙂

“It was a very large herd, I have no idea how many elephants had already crossed the road before we saw them. I didn’t start videoing straight away as I was driving and very slowly, approaching them to a safe distance, I then took a few photo’s before switching to video. We were on the S3 road between Paul Kruger Gate and Numbi Gate, (before the road junction for Numbi/Phabeni gates). I just wish I had got both of the young elephants together sooner, did you see how the second one curled up his trunk then shook his head as if to say “No, I’m not coming” or “No, I don’t need your help” – video owner/taker, Brian Edge.

You need to watch and listen to the first part of the video to appreciate the last part 🙂

South African lions drink tourists’ drinks

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Lions join tourists for sundowner drinks!

21 November 2017

Shortly after setting up for a break from their safari, these lions showed up and thought it would be fun to join the tourists for their sundowner drinks. Amazing sighting! The lions actually stayed there and the guests had to go back the next day to collect their belongings (and what was left of the drinks). This was not filmed in South Africa’s Kruger National Park but at Nambiti Game Reserve in Natal.