There are many wild and domesticated animals that share the road with motorists and pedestrians during both the day and night. When travelling in the outskirts of the North West province, there are many places where it is common to come across pigs, goats, dogs, sheep, chicken, cows, monkeys, cats and many other animals on the road.

You don't just come across these animals in farm areas, but even in townships. Such animals can roam around isolated or busy streets near homes, hospitals, schools and malls. 

While waiting for cows to cross the road, a motorist who was a local (based on his car number plate) overtook me and tried to zig-zag between the cows on the road. Some of them were standing still on the road and others were moving. He, unfortunately, knocked a cow. A few days ago I also met a lady in the North West who told me that she knocked a cow that was sleeping on the road. 

The occupants of the vehicle were unharmed. The cow was alive, but in distress. The car was very damaged by the accident. It really can be in our best interest to exercise patience when dealing with animals on the road. Please leave a comfortable distance between your vehicle and the animals. Also, anticipate that animals can be unpredictable.

Be alert and vigilant for both your safety and that of the animals in our midst. It may also help to have a first-aid medical kit (available from Amazon)  and a power bank, also known as a portable battery charger (available from Amazon) in your vehicle. In the summer months, always take extra water along with you and sunscreen (available from Amazon).

My sister and I once accidentally knocked a big wild warthog in the middle of the road at night while driving to the Eastern Cape. On route from Pretoria to Durban, it is common to see wild animals (including springbok) dashing across the main roads at night! It is not enough to merely look out for other motorists and pedestrians. We share also share our road with domesticated and wild animals. Please, I beg you, please be careful. 

Be sure to leave a comment below, especially if you have had an encounter with animals on the road.

Cattle grazing near the road (without a fence) in the North West. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiCattle grazing near the road (without a fence) in the North West. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Goats next to a busy road in the North West. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiGoats next to a busy road in the North West. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Animals crossing the road. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiAnimals crossing the road. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

 

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