Aesop in Africa: Unexpected Help

The Leopard and the Meerkat

One hot day in a remote area of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a Leopard was enjoying a snooze under a huge marula tree. He had just dozed off when a passing Meerkat accidently brushed against him. The Leopard woke with a start, saw the Meercat and growled, “How dare you wake me! I am going to eat you!’

The terrified Meerkat pleaded, “Be kind! Don’t hurt me. One day I may repay your kindness.”

The Leopard laughed scornfully, “How can a tiny meerkat ever help a leopard? Be off with you!” And so, the Meerkat escaped.

A few days later the Leopard was caught in a net laid by hunters. Fearing the return of the hunters the Leopard screamed for help. Not far off the Meerkat heard the Leopard’s cries, found the Leopard and bit through the net and set the Leopard free.

Lesson: Never underestimate where you might find help in time of dire need.

Based on an Aesop Fable

The Caterpillar – let’s Salute it’s Maker

How beautifully made is the caterpillar! Prof. Google tells me there are around 4000 muscles in a caterpillar. The Creator of the caterpillar must be really smart! And us humans? Prof G says we have only about 650 muscles. Click here. To God be the glory.

Picture John Bartels Port Elizabeth May 7, 2022

Why birds migrate vast distances – and how you can help during their breeding season

Birds are master navigators, negotiating journeys of thousands miles each year.
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Karoo Locust Swarm Flypast 11 March 2022 – Two Pictures and video – please scroll down

Today our friends were in the Karoo National Park in South Africa where they witnessed the fly past of an enormous swarm of locusts. The fly past lasted about 2 hours, plus about another hour “for the stragglers to leave….” The swarm was so large that our friend DT wrote in her WhatsApp : “Yes it is amazing we can hardly see the mountains … it looks like a sand storm in the distance.” Thank you DT for the pictures and video (which I enlarged).

Scroll down please: There are two pictures and then the video followed by a quiz question about the size of locust swarms.

Thousands of dots in the sky
The swarm close up – a bit like the milky way!
Video – It took about 3 hours for the swarm to fully pass!

Quiz: How big was one of the biggest swarm of locusts ever?

Answer on page 2

Gannets at Lambert’s Bay West Coast South Africa March 2022

Gannets – thousands of them. Amazing birds. When feeding, they can dive into the water at 120 km/hr! Thanks to AH for the pictures. Three pictures