Animal sighting: Bushbuck doesn’t spot the python stalking him!

Look at this agonizing moment a python spot a bushbuck who is foraging nearby and how it stalks it for a potential meal!

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When Katinka Steyn and her family visited the Mapungubwe National Parkthey did not expect the surprises that nature had to offer.

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Steyn told LatestSightings.com more about what they saw and explained the experience.

“We were driving on the gallery forest road in Mapungubwe National Park when we spotted a bushbuck grazing in the shade of a large tree.

“We stopped to take pictures as the male was very close to the road. Shortly after we stopped, my daughter, Marika Botha, noticed something in the tree above the bushbuck.

“My sister, Erica Brewis, had a camera with a zoom, so she zoomed in on the area my daughter pointed to in the tree and noticed a snake’s head!

“We decided to stay a while to observe at leisure what the snake was doing. At first we could only see the snake’s head but as it started to emerge from the branch it was resting on, it became clear that it was a huge python!

“We sat expectantly for a while as the snake slowly climbed out of the tree and around the trunk towards the browsing bushbuck. We moved our vehicle closer to the vantage point to get a better view and as we got closer the bushbuck continued to graze, seemingly without any sense of danger. All the while, the python kept getting closer and closer to the bushbuck, and at one point reached a distance of less than a meter from the bushbuck!

“The python lifted its head and we could literally see its tongue flickering in and out of its mouth – tasting the air. that when he noticed the snake. Interestingly, the bushbuck was not surprised at all, he just backed away from the python and calmly walked away in a different direction. When the bushbuck left the scene , the snake started to turn around and climb back up the tree, it just showed that it was after the male.

“As the snake was returning to the tree, my daughter noticed another much smaller snake in the same tree the python emerged from. Unfortunately we were unable to get a photo of the smaller snake as we we are branched out by blocking our vision.

“I was completely speechless, we grew up in a home with nature loving parents so we spent most of our childhood vacations camping in places like the Kruger, St Lucia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. I was hypnotized. It was by far the most special sighting I have ever had – such a privilege! If you come across something like this, I hope it’s far from closing time at the door! Just be in the moment, appreciate God’s most beautiful creatures in their natural surroundings”

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