The Bush Baby

Our afternoon drive started off quite well. We had a very nice sighting of elephants feeding and crashing through the bush as only elephants can. Two young males were pushing each other around like two young kids that had watched too much wrestling on TV. After the elephants, we found a very active baby white rhino, running up and down the road. All the while mom was keeping an eye on him…thinking, mad little baby of mine.
We decided to stop for a leg stretch and a drink while the sun set over the Drakensburg Mountains.
After our drinks stop we continued on our way searching for some of the most secretive animals in the bush. We stumbled upon a rather brave lesser tailed Bush baby. We spotted him by the reflection of his eyes in the spot light. Normally they are very shy and jump away when you come closer, but this little guy decided he was going to put on a show. He was on some serious mission, jumping from tree to tree and into the road and back again. Because we were so memorized by this show, we did not realize that we had a swarm of insects in front of the spot light and the car head lights.
Before we knew it, the bush baby was on the bonnet of Land Cruiser game drive vehicle snatching the insects up for his supper. After he was satisfied with his dinner, he jumped off and bid us farewell.
Looking at him feeding made us feel very hungry too, so we headed back to the lodge for our own Boma dinner around the camp fire.

Story by: Warren Jacobs (Buffalo Camp Ranger)

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