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There is a unique cave in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, next to a little town called Kantemo. What is so unique about this cave? The snakes which decided to live inside that cave and feed exclusively on the other inhabitants - the bats.
The tropical rat snakes in the area moved into the cave and adapted entirely to the cave environment. They live inside, breed inside and of course feed inside.
Every night, when the bats fly out of the cave to feed in the forest, the hungry snakes hang upside down if the ceiling in the total darkness. They hang there motionless until an unlucky bat bumps into them...
This strange diner habit is something you can observe if you are lucky enough. The following National Geographic video was done independently of Encounters. But National Geographic found Barna after they finished fliming because they did not have good enough footage of the snakes themselves.
This is how it happened that Barna filmed the snake footage in this NatGeo video! :)
In 2017 we intentionally tried to find tree climbing lions in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. We did our game drive within the particular area of the park where female lions like to climb trees without any luck.
We already left the park a bit disappointed and started to munch on our packed lunches at the picknick area right outside of the gate when we heard something on the radio and saw a jeep driving by and entering the park in haste.
We got the green light from the rangers to re-enter the park without paying again, and we raced after the car. We drove fast, chasing the car while tried to find out using the radio what is happening.
Finally, the car we chased stopped and a park ranger got out of it. She was looking at something far from us, something way beyond the distance where we could see with our eyes. I tried using my binoculars, but I still didn't see a thing.
The ranger must have had some built-in binoculars and better than mine because she was convinced there is a lion on a tree. Somewhere far, off the road. Off-road, driving was prohibited, so again we were about to give up when she decided we all go offroad.
Apparently, as a ranger one of her duties to check out the trees, the lions like to climb at, and she never saw a lion on that specific tree. So she has to check it closer, so maybe later they build a small track there. And we could follow if already happened to be there...
Her eyes were really something else, the lion was right there where she said it. And we could drive right up to it, off the road, since we were following the ranger on her official business. How cool is that?
This year, in our 2018 Africa trip we did not plan tree-climbing lions, and we went to Uganda only for Chimps and Gorillas. The rest of the game drives we did in Kenya.
One afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park we were about to head back to our lodge since the sun was already setting when we bumped into this. The only lion we saw that day happened to chill on the tree...
Trips with Barna