A rare visit from the wild

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The fly camp that the hominid gang has been occupying has been receiving rare visitors.

The fly camp that the hominid gang has been occupying has been receiving rare visitors.


Camp cook Hosea poses next to flying butterflies

 The most beautiful butterflies; the kind that one rarely finds has infested the camp. At first we reckoned that they were interested in the flowers that are abundant in the camp. However, a close scrutiny showed a rather interesting story. They liked parching on a small patch of earth where we had been pouring dirty water. Whether they were taking that water was not clear because, when more water was poured so that a small pool resulted, they would take time until the water evaporated and then parch on it.

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Crew having lunch: bees have taken over the camp, stinging with impunity if one dares to stop them

These were not the only visitors because bees too, wanting to cash in on our water supply visited in droves. These ones were less civil ( if that exists in the animal kingdom minus humans!). The gang had a big argument on why water supply seemed to have taken a drop. While some argued that the bees were taking enough to actually cause a major shortage, i had my own misgivings. Well until i realised that one of the crew members was actually hoarding water! He was always the smartest…..since he was using the bees as a scapegoat after diverting the water to his tent!

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:39+00:00 August 19th, 2010|Hominid Hunters|Comments Off on A rare visit from the wild

About the Author:

Lawrence Nzuve is the collections manager for the Turkana Basin Institute. He is based in Kenya.