Mister Poo, the African version

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Tuesday 17 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Last springtime, here on our farm here in southwestern Türkiye, I was shovelling recycled fodder, courtesy of a gang of local goats, when I came across an odd beastie called a Mole cricket. In my post, I named him/her/it Mr Poo-Bug. This was the chap by the way…

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But when I stumbled across that post again over the weekend, it reminded me of Mister Poo from Africa – a rather determined little Dung Beetle that I came across on the long dirt road between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania.

We were driving, or rather bouncing along, a rather dire stretch of dirt ‘road’ that shook every bone in one’s body, as we constantly parted company with the bench seat every 8.7 seconds as yet another pothole was added to the impressive tally the driver of our Mercedes truck was racking up.

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Suddenly it was brakes firmly on, causing dust to fly up in a choking cloud…. Reverse gear was engaged on the third attempt, and we retraced our tracks back some 50 metres. Our driver was a big, strong, quiet Kenyan man of about 40. Normally laid back and quiet, he jumped from the truck and was excitedly pointing at the dirt…. “Come see, come see!”, he hollered. We obliged and scrambled out of the truck.

Driving along, he had somehow managed to spot a creature he thought we ought see on our East African travels. And there it was, a ruddy Dung Beetle, proudly pushing and rolling along the road a rather large lump of poo!!

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This little creature was perhaps just a quarter of the size of the find it was pushing along, but that hadn’t deterred him – what an extraordinary sight, and how on earth our driver spotted it at full speed, I’ll never know!.

Ah, the joys of Africa.

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15 thoughts on “Mister Poo, the African version

  1. I did a school project once on Egypt and used the scarab beetle logo i drew myself to narrate it and give a little fact on every page, got good marks for that one 😀

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  2. suchled says:

    If you are fascinated by dung beetles then how about us. We, in Australia don’t have native dung beetles so we imported them check out http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Food-and-Agriculture/DungBeetles/History-of-dung-beetle-introductions-to-Australia.aspx

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  3. Sue Slaght says:

    If one is having a bad day one can take heart that the life we lead is not that of a dung beetle!

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  4. Your first bug-pic looks a bit like what I have called a potato bug??? Does it burrow in the ground?

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  5. dayphoto says:

    What fascinating little creatures! Thanks for showing us a live one…that ball is HUGE compared to the beetle!

    Linda ❤⊱彡
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
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  6. Joanne says:

    Lol… holy crap, how amazing! 😉 (so, so sorry but I simply HAD to say it)

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