Stories from Africa: By perseverence, the dung beetle reached the ark

One of the smaller exotic specimens we spotted during our safari was the African dung beetle, who spends the majority of its time eating and rolling dung into perfectly round balls for its offspring to live off of.  This unsung hero (or garbage man, if you like) of the African wilderness works tirelessly to break up dung and bury it, thus fertilizing the land.

Unfortunately for this particular dung beetle, he and the large ball of dung he spent hours rolling were run over by the van following us.  Seconds after I snapped his picture, we heard a loud crunching sound and that was the end of poor Mr. Dung Beetle!

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2 responses to “Stories from Africa: By perseverence, the dung beetle reached the ark

  1. Actually I think that we ran over him…maybe you’re right, maybe they did. It was SO sad.

  2. It is sad. He may have even left a family behind. Then again, maybe he burrowed into the dirt and the crunch was the sound of his giant dung globule. Ok, wishful thinking. I guess survival stands on getting and staying away from dangerous forces. Tis the ‘ laws of the jungle’…or is that ‘life in the big ‘city’ ?

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