To Cross or Not | #WordlessWednesday

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Zebra crossing? Or maybe not?

As we were driving down the gravelled road towards the large watering hole at the Addo National Park, (near Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape of South Africa), we were stopped by this beautiful animal, who refused to budge from his position. He stood there, for almost close to 15 minutes, I’d say. As we were not in any major hurry, we sat quietly, lapping up this rare opportunity to see a Zebra from such close quarters. What a beauty, he was! And those eyes, they were so gentle and almost ready to speak to us!

After a while, he moved and went to the other side of the road, away from the car. This time, when he turned around, we noticed a large gaping wound, probably as a result of one of the big cats attacking him and tearing off a large chunk of flesh that was still hurting and yet to heal. Perhaps he was in pain, and that’s what he was trying to tell us! As visitors, all we could do was quietly pass by, making way for the other cars behind us, sending out silent prayers for his speedy recovery and his relief from pain.

We left with a heavy heart, hoping his wound would heal in time and he would quickly recover, happily joining his herd by the watering hole.

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10 Comments
  • Patrick Weseman

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    Great pic and story. I do hope that he recovered and went back to his herd.

  • Bellybytes

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    How co to come across a zebra crossing . I saw one once while visiting Kenya

  • Comedy Plus

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    So sad. I hope he survived.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  • Shubhra Rastogi

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    Though he looks calm in the picture, I hope the Zebra gets well soon and does not stray far from the herd.

  • Handmade Jewelry Haven

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    Awww. It is sad, however, in a way, imitates life.
    We all want to put our ‘best’ side forward, however painful the other side is.

    Thank you for sharing.

    – Lisa

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

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    What a sad story.

  • Rajlakshmi

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    Oh no, I hope the wound would heal. It is indeed a beautiful creature. A wonderful opportunity to see it at such a close quarter.

  • Shirley Corder

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    Beautiful. I have an almost identical photo of a zebra in the same position, also taken in Addo. I wonder if it was the same guy? I do hope he recovered. Do you live in S.Africa or were you just visiting? I live in PE, near to Addo. Thankful Thursday Week 42

  • Parul Thakur

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    What a beautiful animal and sad that survival is hard. More so in jungle. National Parks as we call them. I would love to see a Zebra and a Giraffe. And a Kangaroo and Koala too 🙂

  • Archana

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    I have yet to see this animal in the wild.. or even in a zoo! This is a beautiful individual and looks healthy. I hope has survived the injuries.

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