Travelers’ Night In — Animal Encounters!
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was Animal Encounters — the strange animals we’ve encountered around the world! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a few travel tips and ideas!
Here were this week’s questions:
Q1. Ever come close to losing life or limb in an animal encounter? What? Where?
TransAmericas 3 days ago in Lacandon jungle Mexico trapped in a canoe w a scorpion. Not easy to kill in canoe when its right next to you.
tomtravel2 direct hit on my bare ankle from Sea of Cortez stingray. I lost a lot of blood and boy did that hurt
clevergayle I have been circled by many barracuda while snorkeling – they scare the heck out of me – no close calls, but spooky
travelnewsdaily I try to avoid nature, so unless a rabid pug assaults me @ my local cafe I tend to be protected
AryCancun Vampires in Mexico!
Q2. One animal encounter you would love to experience before you die?
lpusastaff A jackalope. I could die happy, or at least laughing.
redhunttravel Easy one – seeing Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or the DRC
pamstucky UNICORNS!!! UNICORNS!!! UNICORNS!!!!!!! And swim with dolphins
BridalTravelGuy Swim with some fatty Tuna and a jar of soy sauce
Q3. What’s the strangest wild animal you’ve ever eaten? Where?
TravelSavvyKayt Fire-roasted rattlesnake, maybe? Jellyfish was also a bit weird to eat.
Jaguardman Alligator, Aguti, Boa Constrictor (tastes like fish), termites, bat (stinks really bad).. Can I cook 4 U in the jungle?
QuieroTravel Cow brain tacos….
boldlygosolo Strangest food? Reindeer meat in Norway. After apologizing to Santa
Q4. Favorite animal encounter?
PortaPocketGal ostrich stuck beak in car window on safari. our vehicle became more than horse powered for several yards. WOOT!! 😉
Sail_FLy_Jen swimming w/Manatees in Belize was pretty awesome & the staredown w/ nurse shark to get through hole in reef was exciting
lori1329 Encountered lots of monkeys on my runs at parque in Brasil! Wish had a shot of the sagui who thought I was going to take his apple!
nomadicchick When a kitten followed me back to my beach hut in Ko Chang. I know, you’re all sobbing, kittens make people cry.
Q5. Best zoo in the world? Aquarium?
dogjaunt Monterey Aquarium, for sure. Rented it the night we got married. Still remember my mother patting the rays, dress arm rolled up.
LymarisEstrada Loved the zoo and the aquarium in Sydney. Zoo, for the wombat and the view. The aquarium for the sharks!
whereisyvette Also the Nat’l Zoo is nice in DC- they have pandas, and it’s FREE!
whereisjenny A5 I think the best ZOO in the world, is seeing animals in their natural habitat… the wild.
Q6. Tell us your best bug story!
grahamelesh Ah, a chance to retell the black widow story. Bit while sleeping, rolled over and killed it. Suck it, spider!
Leavetheiguana Once upon a time there were these freaking killer fire ants. They swarmed me. I screamed. Painful pustules. The End
ZipSetRachel On horse, covered head to two in hunter jumper gear (gloves, helmet, etc) got stung on my neck!
Gadling watched a spider crawl out of my wife’s ear after it had lived in there for a week+.
Q7. Sadly there are many endangered species, which have you seen in the wild?
whereishawkins Black Gay Republicans?
TravelholicA The blue Arara in the Brazilian Pantanal
niltiacI’ve seen polar bears in the wild in Spitsbergen, Norway. Also sea turtles in Australia.
lightstar1013 Depressing, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an endangered species in the wild, just in zoos. Now I have a sad for Mother Earth.
AryCancun: Endangered species. Sea Turtles…They were born today!!
Q8. Best Safari – where and what lodge?
ieishah Finch Hatton, Kenya. Expensive, so luxe… Perhaps the most romantic.
tranquilotravel one-way safari across Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti, then ferry from Mwanza
BootsnAll Kapama Buffalo tented camp in SA. Saw every animal hoped for, often. Great food + guides, lovely tents, not too $$, felt secluded
DEPagliaro My bedroom w/ me wearing leopard-print underwear doesn’t count as a safari. 🙁
Q9. Animal you most wanted to take home with you?
mobilelawyer I did take some crabs home one night. But wasn’t that excited about it.
globaldish A kodiak bear, a gibbon, a llama, a dog I called “what a mess”, and a seal. We’d live happily ever after
jslipski I very nearly slipped a cute baby sheep into my trunk in Ireland. I figure they’ve more than they know what to do with.
Mikeachim A crocodile. (I’ll admit, I was going through a tough period with my housemates. That’d learn ’em).
Q10. Ever meet someone who could be mistaken for a wild animal?
whereisjeannie Yes. Alan Rickman. From behind, his hair was all over the place like a lion’s mane. He’s a big man & intimidating
simcmanus Met a Finnish girl in Dublin, she stripped and swam naked in an very public fountain on 2nd date
Thehostelworker Lots! Mostly at 4am in our party room when dozens of empty beers are laying around and people are sloppily trying to mate. yikes!
IntoxAbroad No, but i did once see a gibbon wearing clothes & walking holding a guys hand. coulve mistaken it for human
And that’s the week!