Impala Rescued from a Muddy Fate

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It was a hot afternoon at a Ngala Private Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, when Alex Tanet and her partner, Victor, set off on an unforgettable game drive.

“Lee-Anne and Richard, our ranger and tracker, told us that an impala had been spotted stuck in the mud by a couple of the other rangers,” said Alex. “They asked if we wanted to check it out, to see if they could help.”

Photo by Alex Tanet

The Kruger National Park area is experiencing a bad drought at the moment, and many of the waterholes have dried up, so there is a possibility that the impala might have chosen the wrong path to the waterhole, desperate with thirst, and stumbled into the mud.

A few other rangers from the lodge were on the scene when Alex arrived, looking out at the struggling impala and deciding what to do next. After some deliberations, one of the rangers agreed to wade out into the mud to try and free the poor antelope.

“A pod of hippos were wallowing in the same waterhole not far from the impala,” said Alex, “which made the rescue attempt quite intense to watch.”

Photo by Alex Tanet

“The ranger managed to cross 7 to 8 meters of mud towards the impala, and at one point he was in as deep as his waist. We were all sitting on the edge of our seats watching what the hippos would do next.”

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Photo by Alex Tanet

As the ranger got closer, the impala started to panic and tried to run free, but this just aggravated the situation and it seemed like he was sinking deeper into the mud.

The ranger got close enough to lasso the impala’s horns with a rope, and began to pull. To no —> Read More

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