By Jana-Mari Smith
Human Wildlife conflict is often mentioned when an elephant makes a surprising visit to human settlements. This past week however, the delight could not have been more when a lone elephant (where he came from no one knows) paid an unexpected visit to a number of farms in the Hochfeld area close to Okahandja. At present, he is still in the area.
The Thiessen family, who own the farm Otjimbuku and their neighbours took several photos of the event and described the elephant as gently maneuvering himself over fences, without destroying them, and giving no indication that he was bothered by human’s in his vicinity.
In her own words, Christiane Thiessen describes the once in a lifetime encounter. She said that when she and her family, and her staff heard he was at a close by cattle post, they immediately drove there. ” … went to the post and there he came slowly and majestically towards the post”.
“At his arrival at the fence he lifted his legs and without doing any harm to the fence, he climbed over it. He was not bothered with us at all. He just continued walking towards the next cattle post along the fence of the farm road, with the same dignity … allowing us to join him from the front and the back all the time”.
Christiane added: “Some in our community had never seen an Elephant before, so it was a very special day for all of us. I had always wished for an Elephant to come and visit our farm and this was an absolute thrill. How exciting to be alive and witness something like this”.
She said everyone who saw the elephant made attempts to find out where he originated from, but to date the answer remains ellusive. By Wednesday, he had been spotted on another farm in the vicinity – Ondunduvazerapi.
Her son Johan took a number of photos, showing the gentle giant leisurely making his way through their farm.