Monday, April 16, 2012

Close Encounters of the Hippo Kind

Murchison Falls (the source of the Nile river) was our last safari experience. We were staying in a bush camp (with no fences) which means wildlife can just wander by. When we first arrived the staff said warthogs and hippopotamus are the animals that are there. Hippos are nocturnal, so when you had dinner and were walking back to your tent you should be careful not to run into any of them. The first night we didn't experience that but the second night we did!

At 8:00 pm my Mom was watching a show and I was reading. Then, out of the corner of my ear, I heard this really loud crunching sound. I looked out of the mesh and there was this this huge grey thing with eyes which I assumed was a hippo. I was terrified because the only thing keeping me and that apart was a thin wall of canvas. I was so scared I considered going under my bed. My Mom was so excited. Perhaps it was because the hippo wasn't on her side.

After a while it left our tent and went over to my Dad's. He didn't even know the hippo was there. Finally it wandered away and I was able to get some sleep!

1 comment:

  1. You know, some kids your age are scared of the Boogie Man in their closet. Somehow I think you may be past that. I am so proud of you!