"Temperamental Teenagers and a male Greater Kudu" Big 5 Tip by Beefy_SAFC

Big 5, Kruger National Park: 42 reviews and 66 photos

  Temperamental Teenagers and a male Greater Kudu
by Beefy_SAFC

The temperamental teenager is not just a human problem and this elephant (top) thought it was a fun idea to keep charging a range rover / jeep full of tourists, then stopping just short before repeating again and again. I was a little concerned when I first saw it, however, the guides said (as with many teenage tantrums) "Just ignore him, that's what we do."

To cut a long story short, he'll eventually get bored when he realises it has no effect and will stop playing his little game. One comment about it was "If you react, you'll just encourage him - he'll do it all the more and then we might have to destroy him before him or someone else gets hurt."

It was pure luck that the Greater Kudu at least momentarily posed for the second photo - they're fairly nervous about anything out of the ordinary (due to their very understandable fear of predators) as was proved later around the watering holes in Mkuzi.

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  • Written Oct 24, 2004
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