Silly Safari Shots

We just finished our safari in the northern parks but the wildlife was not nearly as plentiful as it was during the holidays when I was here with Kelsey. Only Ngorongoro crater lived up to expectations and was teeming with animals, reminding me of the Garden of Eden. Despite the reduced number of critters, I managed to get several photos that are either funny, odd, or simply silly. It’s surprisingly easy to catch animals, and humans, in what appear to be strange behaviors.

In and of itself, this first photo is neither unusual nor funny.  Amazingly, Kelsey and I had also seen this display when we were on safari.  What was amusing was that this mating lasted under 3 seconds.  If you blinked, you missed it and there were several safari vehicles lined up with tourists with their heads out of the pop up tops waiting to see these lions mate. Once it had happened, there was an audible gasp from the women in the crowd who couldn’t believe that anything could be that quick while I could read a smug satisfaction on the faces of the men who were pleased to know that they, at least, could outlast the king of the jungle.  Of course, the lion has to repeat this flash of lust 3 times an hour for several days so the men may not have been taking that into account while silently registering their superiority.

No staying power!

No staying power!

Nursing warthog baby.  No, seriously!

Nursing warthog baby. No, seriously!

Ha ha, that was a good one!

Ha ha, that was a good one!

Oooh, feels good to itch that spot!

Finally got that spot!

Yes, it's true - in Africa, sausages grow on trees!

Yes, it’s true – in Africa, sausages grow on trees!

Cory bustard male, puffed up to impress.

Cory bustard male, all dressed up and nowhere to go.

You looking at me?

Hippo water ballet, a new Olympic sport.

Hippo water ballet, a new Olympic event.

But they say size doesn't matter.

But they say size doesn’t matter.

Elephant right of way.

Elephant right of way.

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5 thoughts on “Silly Safari Shots

  1. Wonderful pictures and commentary! You are an awesome blogger. I look forward to every week’s installment.

    Nancy

  2. I was there — I’m just surprised the lion was not more embarrassed by his microsecond of performance. He did his thing and then flopped over and went back to sleep. Poor lioness.

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