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
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.