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Djuma, South Africa: Bush Baby

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This show was filled with danger and excitement for me. Sitting on that tracker seat on the jeep was pretty incredible. We drove right past a pride of lions with me sitting on the hood! Then we went through a herd of antelope in the bush and it was like I was right in the middle of them.
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One animal we were looking for was a leopard with one eye that was supposedly in the area. We didn't find it anywhere. Dixon, the guide, gestured for me to turn and look. But I still didn't see it. Then -- I looked down, and the leopard was right beside my tracker seat, two feet away!
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Though that rhino made a great "shot" in the show, we were actually too close and I was worried that it would charge.
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That weird barbel fish wasn't too easy to find -- though you see me just dig in the muck and yank it out. Actually, I had to wallow around and look for this "walking catfish." It was hot standing in that mud. Though the nighttime temperatures often fell to 30 degrees, during the day it often hit 100 degrees. Finally I found one of the fish, but not before I was covered in mud.
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I loved finding the Egyptian spitting cobra, but that is a very dangerous snake. I knew two things that guided me while approaching. First, the cobra always gives a warning before striking, and second, it has a range of about four feet -- so I made sure to stay well outside that range.
Actually I found another poisonous snake that you don't see in that show, a nine-foot mamba.
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But the most incredible moment was when the elephant decided to get close. That elephant could have easily knocked down the tree I was hiding behind, and he could have outrun me as well. Even climbing a tree would do no good if the elephant was mad-he'd just knock down the tree.
That was too wild -- even for "Going Wild"!
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