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 goats, dogs, sheep, chicken, cows, monkeys, cats and many other animals on the road.

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.

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 lot of distance between your vehicle and the animals. Also try to anticipate that animals can be unpredictable.

Be alert and vigilant for both your safety and that of the animals in our midst. My sister and I once knocked a big wild warthog in the middle of the road at night while driving to the Eastern Cape. Be sure to leave a comment below, especially if you have had an encounter with wild 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

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh