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Out of the Fire


On a recent photographic safari to the Serengeti, I discovered that migrating wildebeest have more to worry about than just lions and river crossings...



A fire swept across the grass plains of the Serengeti and I noticed one wildebeest not running away? On closer inspection we discovered that it had a broken front left leg.We watched in horror as the flames almost engulfed the animal before it finally ran away using its three good legs. The wildebeest escaped the flames but I feared that the resident lion pride would soon catch it. Many wildebeest break legs on their annual migratory route and taking this photo I was reminded of just how tough an existence these animals have. They contend with crocodiles, lions, broken legs and yes, even fires!

 

Nikon D3s camera and Nikon 80-400mm lens ISO 1250 F5,6 and1/1000th. Photographed using a beanbag and from a vehicle.



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