Continuing to accompany Eric with his mission to capture 20 Nyala, I went out with him the next day while it was still light out. Although we had some excitement, we were unsuccessful in capture. Driving around the park, we searched for Nyala. Of course, I was only interested in finding small females. The males are much larger and it was hard enough lifting and holding small females on my lap. Sure enough we found a grouping and Eric darted a female Nyala. We were off to find her. Within 5 minutes, Eric spotted her, and, although we were 100 yards away, he knew something was wrong. He rushed to her.
Although I was nearly done with this new career of capturing huntress, I went out once more. We were unsuccessful once again (I can't say I was all that upset by our lack of seeing any nyala....most scared off by the leopards I am sure) but did have another little wildlife adventure.
As we drove around, we came across tons of wildlife.
As we approached the mother (these antelope are BIG), the mother ran off and left a little baby lying in the grass. The baby didn't move...surprisingly it didn't move at all. I, then, realized it was all wet and had just been born. Eric hops off the ATV and the babe takes its first wobbly steps to try and escape him. Eric snatches the newborn kudu up and walks the two or three steps to me. I think he thought I was going to want to touch it. It was amazing to see it take its first wobbly steps. As as Eric held him up, you could see the umbilical cord hanging down, still dripping with blood. Incredible to see, but I didn't need to scare the poor babe out of its mind.
I feel very blessed to have been able to have this experience. It is an experience that most South Africans have not had the opportunity to have much less a New Yorker.
About a week after the capture missions, I moved on from South Africa and began a three month journey north, heading to Kenya. I truly enjoyed my time in South Africa. And yearn to return sometime in the not too distant future.
I wish you all safe travels.
Guest Writer - Kaye Perron
Kaye has been traveling the world since her teens. Starting as an exchange student in Japan, she spent her twenties traveling throughout Europe. Her appetite for the exotic led her to less developed nations throughout Central & South America, where she became fluent in Spanish. Her passion for understanding other cultures led her on a three month adventure through Africa this past winter as a sole female on many a dusty road, with a backpack, a bus tickets and her tent. Kaye is also an entrepreneur.