What Happened to That Animal at Tembe? - Mystery Critter Revealed
A recent event at Tembe Elephant Transfrontier Park, where one of our cameras is located near a waterhole, left us all wondering the same questions for quite awhile. “What kind of animal lay dead by the waterhole?”
After all our wondering and questions, it was confirmed to be a male Nyala, one of the many antelope species seen in South Africa. While watching his last moments, some felt helpless and full of emotion, while others reminded us that nature, when left to its own accord, takes care of itself. When viewing the live cams, we will occasionally see things that make us look with concentration and curiosity, and other times we will have to turn our heads and come back later.
That being said, what would cause the Nyala to go down, flounder around and take his last breath all within a very short time as seen in this video?
While the reason may never be known, one of the employees at Tembe, Lynda Revell, commented that there were no apparent injuries, he was thin for his size, and it quite possibly could have been a python that had wrapped himself around the Nyala, constricting with each breath the Nyala took until another breath wasn't possible.
How horrible you say? Why would we even talk about this? Our cams are here to not only entertain, but to allow people to learn with each sighting and adventure.
We did see Elephants pass by the carcass of the animal, pause and look. Were they just curious? Were they wondering why he didn't get up when they approached? Or did they know, as some believe, that the animal was dead and was due a little respect. Elephants have long been known for their sensitivity to their surroundings. Just as we wonder about the Nyala and his death, we wonder about the thoughts of the Elephants as they passed by...perhaps we'll never know either one.
If we learn any more information about the definitive cause of death of the nyala we will update this article and all of you right away.