No lions – but kudu get bet­ter than this?

Get­ting close to the os­ten­si­bly less ag­gres­sive species of African game hides a shock for An­drew Carswell

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - WILDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA -

AN­TE­LOPE – the tasty, de­fence­less morsel of choice for any men­ac­ing pride – are not meant to be the in­tim­i­dat­ing ones.

They are the el­e­gant crea­tures; the warm-hearted beasts; the peace­ful species that hap­pily bound Bam­biesque through the forests. Right?

Toss out your Dis­ney no­tions. And, while you are at it, get in the back of the truck. Fast.

Just 3m away, a stunned and ag­i­tated kudu bull clam­bers to his feet and stares an­grily in the di­rec­tion of his hu­man au­di­ence.

He stands 2m tall, weighs a healthy 400kg and boasts a mon­strous set of corkscrew antlers that dou­ble his height.

Sens­ing a slight hint of ap­pre­hen­sion from his cap­tors, he threat­ens to charge, snort­ing, stalk­ing the truck, stamp­ing his heavy hooves.

No one dares speak. Or move.

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