Top 3 creatures

During my short time thus far in South Africa, I have already encountered several strange phenomena. For example, the weather fluctuation on an hourly basis is even more fickle than my five personalities. One moment the weather would be cold and rainy, the next moment would be doused in sunshine, and later yet, you could experience scattered clouds and strong ass winds. It takes some getting used to.

But even more interesting than the weather changes are the strange creatures that live in this place. The following is my Top 3 list of wildlife that are abundantly found in the back yard.

  1. The “Shongololo.” I kid you not. That’s what it’s called. But you might be more familiar with the term “millipede.” I was actually lecturing Adam about how poisonous they are and he claimed they were harmless. Of course when I just researched it, I was wrong and he was totes right. Sort of. One of their defense mechanisms is to emit this poisonous chemical thing that can kill ants and whatnot, but for humans it’ll only cause mild skin discomfort. Bottom line: You can’t die from them. And some people even keep them as pets! Another defense mechanism is curling up into a tight coil so that their little exoskeletons protect their mushy undersides. I’ve stepped on a couple though, and it doesn’t really help.
  2. The Hadida bird. This demon bird is the most obnoxious, evil fucking thing. It’s huge (like, knee height) and just squawks all day. Even at night you can hear them in the trees. They’re devil birds, I tell you. And today I was practicing my Hadida mating call (because I want it to be my new distress signal) and one of them actually landed in the yard and started eyeing me. It was creepy.
  3. The random little black snake that might not have a name. It was a dark night. So we couldn’t really identify the particular species or whatever, but Adam’s mom came screaming into the house that there was a snake in the yard. We went to investigate (and Adam had to toss it over the wall), and it was this tiny little black snake, which to me looked like any other garden snake. But they were convinced that it was evil and poisonous, so I wasn’t allowed to keep it as a pet.

Yeah so those are the winners for this post. There’s many more critters and stuff, but they didn’t make the top three. I saw a sign today that said “Attention: Animal Crossing” but I couldn’t identify the animal in the picture.

Adam said it was some sort of buck. It looked more like a mutated moose/deer/gazelle, but I didn’t say anything.

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2 Responses to “Top 3 creatures”

  1. Pelzina's relative Says:

    All these creatures make me think it is best that you come back home… that is IF you make it past the Jburg airport security – Just make sure none of those things are in your luggage… BUT.. if one of them would teach you a new KAWR KAWR sound that is less annoying, your trip would DEFINITELY have been worthwhile.

  2. Aaisha Says:

    Eww, I hate insects! There are two things that make me wanna shoot myself; airport security and insects. They’re not “animals.” I just hate anything with more than four legs due to my phobia to the hundreth power! *shudder*
    (Excuse me while I go do an OCD ritual.)
    The snake and the demon bird are cool in my book. But I AM disappointed with your list since I was expecting cooler animals like, cheetahs, lions, and I dunno, flamingos or something!
    I’m not sure how different the wildlife is compared to Kenya but you’ll definitely see amazing creatures on safari.

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