The residents of St Lucia are firmly under lockdown but no-one is going to stop the hippos in the popular KwaZulu-Natal holiday spot from setting off on their evening strolls.
The town was in the news in March when a French tourist who tested positive for the coronavirus had visited‚ prompting the local ratepayers’ association to sanitise all high-traffic areas in a bid to safeguard residents, TimesLIVE reports.
They were very careful not to spray anywhere near where the wildlife‚ hippos in particular‚ regularly grazed.
St Lucia falls in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park‚ home to 800 to 1‚000 hippos.
WATCH: While the town of St Lucia remains in lockdown, hippos continue to take their evening strolls through the deserted streets. These hippos were spotted out on Sunday night.— Suthentira Govender (@SuthentiraG) April 1, 2020
Video: Marie Stubbe@TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/POBSRvgMWo
On Sunday night local resident Marie Stubbe — who regularly posts clips of hippos strolling around the town — saw two hippos casually cruising by the lodge where she is staying for the duration of the 21-day national lockdown.
“While doing my rounds at Lakeview Cabanas — the resort I manage and where I’m staying during the lockdown — I saw the hippo coming out from the lake and crossing the main street,” Stubbe said.
Stubbe immediately grabbed her cellphone to shoot.
“They were out to graze in town,” Stubbe says.
In her video, one hippo is slowly seen moseying along the road with another hippo ahead of it.
“This is a regular sighting in our little town. I’m sure they are ever so happy to wander around without the paparazzi around them.”Marie Stubbe
Tourists are known for filming some of the more street-wise hippos that make a habit of randomly waddling around town like this sighting (3 March) of a mom and her calf by a local resident: