In honour of World Wildlife Day I am sharing this image of this beautiful young lady I took in South Africa a few years ago!
I am back in Aurangabad after a non-stop, whirlwind weekend of 4 flights, and 2 – 2+ hour drives on less than ideal roads. My destination was Pench National Park. I stayed in a lodge overnight on Saturday and did 2 – 2.5 hour safari’s with a very knowledgeable guide and naturalist. This park, and from what I have been told, all of India’s national parks, is under heavy guard to prevent poaching. One thing India values highly, other than perhaps its cricket matches, is its wildlife, especially its tigers. These guys are Bengal tigers, and are quite elusive. To see one is considered pretty lucky. I saw 2 on my Saturday afternoon safari. The first one was belly up, about 100 meters away in tall grass, catching some zzzzz’s in the 43 C degree heat. I have a couple of shots of him, but all you can see is 1 paw and part of his side. This guy however was about the same distance away, but laying down in a small pool of water to keep cool. I kept focused on him and caught him in mid yawn! What big teeth you have Mr. Tiger…all the better to chomp you my dear!
My little girl has been one sick kitty for the last week. She inadvertently ate some grass that had been weeded and fed the day before and she was vomitting multiple times a day. Fortunately the worse has passed and she seems to be back to her old self again. She is such a little cretin at times and has to be watched.
A picture of her and her Daddy! 🙂
Today was such a beautiful day that we spent part of it out on our first golfing day of the year followed by some beverage consumption on the back deck. Of course our cats have to join us out there since they need to patrol their domain. Orion our male was being his usual silly self and rolling about.
Day 2 of our safari here in South Africa was just as incredible as Day 1! This evening we completed the Big 5 by seeing a water buffalo. On both safari’s we saw Rhino’s, Giraffe’s. Elephants, a Crocodile, Mongoose, Eagle Owl, and lots of other species of birds along with these magnificent lions! There were 4 younger males with a female. This is one of the younger males. We were sitting in a jeep less than 3 meters from these guys! WOW!