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An Unexpected Find

July 23, 2012 - Conservation,Wildlife

While driving north along the Mozambique border in the Singita Kruger concession, I suddenly slammed on the brakes as my tracker raised his hand and gestured to his ear.  We switched off the vehicle and listened in anticipation.

We made our way towards the position of where the calls were coming from and brought the Land Rover to a standstill.  I explained to the guests that we were going to leave the vehicle in order to locate whatever had disturbed the herd of impala, which we could now see from our location.

The alarming continued, but after scanning for tracks and checking the entire area we came up with absolutely nothing.  We decided to continue with the detective work and eventually stumbled across an incredible sight.  To my tracker’s horror it was something that he would rather not have seen.  As fearless as he is he did not enjoy the sight of large snakes.  A charging lion would be more acceptable.  This particular time of  year was lambing season and we could now understand why the impala were so distressed.

A Sothern African rock python had managed to get hold of a young impala and was in the process of asphyxiating it.  It had a firm grip on the animal’s leg and the lamb stood no chance.  It was difficult to digest such a tragic end to this impala, but for us it did not detract from what was an incredible sighting.

We were very careful not to disturb the snake as it had clearly fought so courageously for its food source that would sustain it through the summer.

Track wildlife with James Suter across over half a million acres of Singita reserves.  Don’t miss incredible sightings captured on video.


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