On Friday my blog post on “why recycling matters” was featured on Freshly Pressed at WordPress. WordPress is the host of my blog and they select what they deem to be the best current blog posts (from 287538 posts) and feature them on their home page http://wordpress.com/. I was thrilled to be featured and my blog readership soared over the weekend. Prior to the post I had recently just reached 2000 hits and by today I have 4890 hits and it’s still climbing.
Many people commented on the post from all over the world – thank you. A lot of them said “Kudos on your post” Now, I have seen the word used quite often on the net, but have not often heard people actually say it. I understand what it means but thought it was a slang word. Well after looking it up – it is a slang word – but it was slang in the early 1800’s! Have any other South Africans heard it used much here?
1 : fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement : prestige
2 : praise given for achievement
The only Kudo(u)s we talk about here in Hoedspruit are these
This is a male kudu tragelaphus strepsiceros. Like many other antelope, male kudu can be found in bachelor groups, but they are more likely to be solitary. When males do have a face-off, they will lock their horns in a competition to determine the stronger puller; kudus’ necks enlarge during the mating season for this reason. Sometimes two competing males are unable to unlock their horns and, if unable to disengage, will die of starvation or dehydration. Males are seen with females only in the mating season, when they join in groups of 5-15 kudus, including offspring. Calves grow very quickly and at six months are fairly independent of their mothers. When threatened, the kudu will often run away rather than fight. Wounded bulls have been known to charge the attacker, hitting the attacker with their sturdy horn base rather than stabbing it. Wounded females can keep running for many miles without stopping to rest for more than a minute. They are great kickers and are capable of breaking a wild dog or jackal’s neck or back. They are good jumpers and can clear a 5-foot fence from a standing start. For this reason, no one ever really owns kudu – they come and go as they please leaping over fences in their way.
On our property we only have one female kudu at present. She has an identity crisis and lives with a herd of impala females. They seem to accept her as one of their own. At this time of the year when the mating season begins I feel really sorry for her being all alone without a mate although she seems happy enough. I wonder if one of the raging male impalas have ever tried their luck 🙂
I hope a lone male finds her and stays for a while. It would be great to have a few of these around
Thank you all for visiting my blog over the weekend. I hope you have a great week!