Greetings and salutations,
Every day we head out on a tour, be it land or water based, there always seems to be a string of questions waiting to be fired off. Generally most are routine, although we offer a huge amount of info at the beginning, occasionally we get a request to repeat a certain amount of the intro info, other questions add to the overall experience and often help other guests understand the animals and the Eco-system.
The iSimangaliso Park is an extensive and complex area of eight Eco-system. Each interlinked in many complex ways. Large and small are these interlinking pathways and it takes the first hour or so to digest and ruminate information to get to a point of some understanding. In between there are a variety of animals that we happen upon. Only a major catastrophe would result in us not seeing one of them. Hippos are guaranteed. Plenty of them and we certainly chat and discuss them in great detail. How they fit into this wetland, how they related to man and their behavior towards the other residents in the St. Lucia Estuary. But then after all this information I was thrown a curve ball and still wonder about the ultimate answer: Do hippo think they are funny?
Generally I have an answer, however this question defeated my armory of answers. Try as I may, at that moment in time I felt like George Bush when he was told that Obama had won the American election. I ummed, erred and aahed, and never produced a sensible or certifiably convincing answer, apart from the fact that there is a lot more communication between social animals and solitary animals. And since this was the case it was possible they might feel some feelings, humorous or not.
Yes, humorous or not.".
Hasta la vista
The Knait Whrydah