The latest sightings from Kruger National Park in South Africa produce amazing videos of wildlife all year round, but this week it might have been complemented by a compilation of various ‘sports’ practiced by wildlife throughout the year. what she called the Animal Olympics.
Inspired by the Tokyo Olympics, Latest Sightings gives us an idea of ââwhat the Olympics would be like for wildlife, from rock instructor wrestling to elephant soccer, gray heron surfing, ant marathon. from Matabele, wildlife fencing, leopard on high bars, lion on top of beam, javelin throw, impala swim, leopard high dive, cheetah-antelope sprint, karate giraffe, and finally, to our favorite, the elephant hedge relay.
Latest observations gives its own play-by-play of the video with more details:
The first was the final of the rock monitor wrestling competition where these two guys who will grow up to 5 feet long showed off their scaly grappling skills.
After the awards ceremony, off to Elephant Football where this mini jumbo showed he wasn’t a fool by expertly dribbling a ball from one of his herds of dried poop!
After a ring test and a field test, it was time to take to the water where a gray heron won gold for an excellent demonstration of hippo surfing never looking to lose its tight grip.
The Animal Olympics then focused on the Matabele Ant Marathon as 400 runners who normally start in column to attack termite mounds took a day off for the big race.
All eyes were on the animal fencing semifinals by then when these two elephants then crossed the tusks, but after some fiery displays the match ended very quickly. Moving on to the finale when a buffalo put its horns up against the tusks to try and grab some fencing gold, but it didn’t end well when the elephant went straight to the slaughter and the spilled.
Then the most agile of predators, the leopard, took the bar high to show off his prowess by making a remarkable display using an impala he had killed earlier as gymnastic equipment.
Then the sport took a brief hiatus and with social distancing so important, the winning leopard walked back to the Olympic Village on his own to get the much-needed water.
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All eyes then turned to the gymnastics where the favorite, a young lion, thought he would win the first medal on the beam and seemed to crack it, but then fell.
After the impressive close race, it was time for the javelin final between an elephant and a rhino, but since the elephant was the only competitor with something to throw, he won!
Then it was the return to swimming where an impala was clearly ahead of his competition, but the attention of some African wild dogs saw him step on the water and lose the first.
The sport has switched to high diving and in this amazing streak we see a perfect come off the board and fall 30 feet head first with a perfect landing and another gold medal.
As always, the most glamorous event was the sprint final with the overwhelming favorite, the cheetah at 60mph versus the impala at 55mph, but the antelopes got off to a dream start and took top honors.
The next event was giraffe karate with the two biggest beasts of the bush, but after an astonishing fight he even ended the honors with the judges reigning him neck and neck.
And then the big final with the elephant hurdles relay and this big guy is way ahead, but despite the scramble it shows why it’s perfect for the fourth stage to get them to finish everything.
Commentators on Latest Sightings’ YouTube channel loved it overwhelmingly, saying âgreat videoâ and âthat’s awesomeâ and âgreat stuffâ and âexcellentâ and âOlympic spirit!
Another offered this gem: “Give a medal to this guy, the one who had the idea to put it all together.” “