May 19, 2014
A Surprising Encounter
- as seen by -Tim Lewthwaite
Roxy was her name. She lurched out of the dried grass and onto the dirt road in front of me as she foraged for food. Then, she did something I did not expect—she stood up on her two hind legs and started to walk with her forelegs tucked up neatly under her chest. With her armor-like scales and broad tail, it looked as if she was a miniature holdover from the age of dinosaurs. This was not your regular wildlife sighting in southern Africa.
Roxy was a rescued pangolin that had been caught to be sold in the illegal wildlife trade in Namibia. Seeing a pangolin in the wild is a rare thing as they usually forage for termites at night. Getting to see one up close was one of the great wildlife moments of my career.
Nikon D80 with Nikkor 70-300mm Lens