Going on Armchair Safari Again and Again
Travel Blog • Jim Benning • 10.18.05 | 11:55 AM ET
I was at home listening to music the other night when the phone rang. It was my mom, and I detected a sense of urgency in her voice. Was there a family emergency? Some new piece of bad news on CNN? “I won’t keep you long,” she said, “but I wanted to let you know there are elephants right now at Pete’s Pond.” Elephants? Really? I thanked her profusely, flipped on my computer and was soon happily glued to the screen, watching live as several elephants roamed among the trees near the Pete’s Pond shoreline, enjoying a tasty breakfast of crunchy green leaves. Ever since I blogged about the WildCam at Pete’s Pond in Botswana, I’ve been hooked, checking in every so often to see what beasts might be roaming within camera view.
Not only is my family hooked, but the camera seems to have become some kind of Internet phenomenon. It’s been written about on a number of other travel blogs, and I’ve heard from other people who find watching the WildCam to be the next best thing to actually visiting Botswana. “[T]hanks to you I am getting absolutely nothing done today, as I wait for another herd or flock or pride to belly up to the pond,” Jerry Haines wrote after my last blog item on the cam.
Because the video is live, there’s a sense of serendipity that comes with watching it. What will wander in front of the camera next? A zebra? A wildebeest? Apparently, the WildCam is scheduled to come down Dec. 8, so fans will have to enjoy it now while it lasts.