Heading to South Africa apparently everyone knows the famous "Springboks", which breaks down to mean something like "Jumping Antelope" in Dutch and Afrikaans.  This gazelle-like animal was the national symbol of South Africa under white minority rule, and as such was adopted by a large number of South African teams as a mascot, including the national rugby team.  It's also apparently made guest appearances on the emblem of the South African Air Force, South African Airways, and South Africa's domestically produced car, the Ranger.

Still, when I showed up, I displayed my lack of African experience by not knowing these critical facts, and thus assuming I was hearing "Spring Box", which I of course changed into Box Springs for my own convenience.  Thus, Box Springs they are going forward, here are a few, including one I got to feed.  What does a Box Spring have to do with flight anyway? Short hops?

These were from our "faux" safari adventure, which involved a quest for the Big 5 in a private game reserve, and ended up with a refund...!  Starting out small....

Box Springs

The Box Springs were our first targets.  

Box Springs

Here you can see the terrain a bit...rather attractive.  

Box Springs
Box Springs

This guy was hanging not with his own kind, but with the zebras.  Apparently he was hurt, and the guide said he probably had a week or less left alive before the lions got him.    

Box Springs

Box Springs

Here he is limping around a bit.  

Box Springs

Box Springs

Ostrich photobombing? 

Box Springs

Box Springs

Here little boxspring....it's totally safe...!

 

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