Now it’s a bit unfair to base an animal’s intelligence on its ability to solve an algebra equation, but certain animal’s make me wonder. The wildebeest is case and point.
According to local folklore, when the Maker had finished making all the animals, there were some parts left over, so he put them all together, and boom, the wildebeest. They claim that it has the stripes of the zebra, the back of the hyena, and the horns of a buffalo to name a few. Though I think that when all the parts where put together, there wasn’t a brain. Or if there was one, it must have come from a spatula.
I shall further my case.
Some time ago, I was at a sighting of our male lion, who at the time was taking a rest after a long bout of shouting at the neighbours, and as a result was on the fenceline. In the distance, a small herd wildebeest appeared, looked around, saw the lion, gave the necessary alarm calls and then ran away. Nothing unusual there, so far at least.
A short time later, the herd reappeared, looked around, saw the lion, gave the necessary alarm calls and then ran away. This happened FIVE times while we sat with this lion, FIVE. Do they have the memory span of a twig?
On a walk recently, I disturbed a herd of wildebeest, who then promptly ran off. The herd of zebra that were there, just looked on as the wildebeest ran off then returned, then off again, and then back again. Maybe that’s why zebra hang out with wildebeest, for the entertainment value.
And have you looked at a wildebeest, they just look like they are a few sandwiches short of a full picnic.
Or maybe evolution just got high one century and left us them as some sort of practical joke.
But to end on a serious note, if you are lucky enough to witness the great migration through the Serengeti, you will see them in a different light. To see that may together ( I’ve heard its over a million animals) is truly amazing. Probably one of the most incredible things I have seen in my ten years of guiding..
by Ranger Nicholas Hindson.. For a good giggle see the attached!