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Ranger rescuing zebra foal from mud
Image source: The Bush House

Written by ranger Michael Lionnet from The Bush House

It was the start of our game drive in Madikwe Game Reserve when we came across a herd of zebras at one of the pans. Upon closer inspection we noticed that the zebras looked distressed.

Ranger heading into muddy pan to rescue zebra
Image source: The Bush House

After a very short while we spotted a zebra foal stuck in the mud. Knowing that the zebra foal would not make it out alive, I decided to go into the pan and help.

Ranger trying to lift zebra foal out of mud
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Ranger and zebra foal in the mud
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It was difficult to get to the zebra through the thick and slippery mud but I was determined.

Ranger rescuing zebra foal from mud
Image source: The Bush House
Muddy zebra and ranger
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After about 10 minutes of struggling with the zebra I managed to get him out and onto dry land.

Ranger and zebra foal
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Ranger having rescued zebra foal
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The zebra then walked next to me back to my vehicle. I was worried that the foal would try claim me as its mother, but fortunately we could hear the zebra’s mother calling out to it from a distance, though she was too scared to approach my vehicle.

Muddy zebra foal
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I drove a fair distance from both the foal and the mother and we watched from afar as they were reunited, after which they both returned to the herd.

Rescued zebra foal covered in mud
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What an eventful drive! The whole group was incredibly happy with how it all turned out and we returned back to the camp with a strong sense of satisfaction and achievement.

Rescued zebra foal covered in mud walking away
Image source: The Bush House
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The Bush House

Intimate and inviting, relaxed and unpretentious. The Bush House is an owner managed, private lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve offering tranquil gardens, active waterhole and the original underground hide. Your welcoming home in Big Five Country.