Conservationists working at South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park were surprised when they saw photos snapped by their camera trap at night. Images reveal a mongoose like genet hitch hiking on the backs of at least two different species of animals. Definitely unique behavior for this type of mammal. Reminds me of Native American folklore stories of animals hanging out and going on adventures together. Which I am sure there are similar stories in African tradition. Comedic antics from this creature for sure.
The Conservationists write at their blog, Wildlife Act Team:
This series of photographs depicts a large spotted genet on top of two individual buffalo. One of the buffalo seemed to be unimpressed with the genet and can be seen turning around and thus shaking the genet off. The other buffalo was quite content to let the genet “tag along” for an evening stroll. The genet seemed to have spent this particular evening riding buffalo!
What’s even more bizarre is that the same particular genet has a habit of hitch hiking on other larger beasts and this rhino seemed an ideal taxi service one evening! He decided to jump on this rhino on the very same night that he was seen riding on the back of two separate buffalo.
The camera traps documented the genet riding on the back of the rhino over the course of several nights. This wasn’t just an isolated incident or two. Prior to this, the conservationists had never seen or heard of all these species being together.