Hercules and Brutus – an update

Remember Hercules, the cutest 100kg baby in Southern Africa? No?! Well go and read the first post about him, Hercules, the 100 kg baby. We have since received more photographs and info on his progress from Cecile – the lady who helps look after him every day. Her descriptions of Hercules and his buddy Brutus (formerly known as “the sheep”) are wonderful. I’m quoting out of her Afrikaans email here, for the benefit of those of you who can read it. Some things just don’t translate well.

Brutus en Hercules het groot maatjies geword intussen, was egter nie die geval aan die begin nie.  Ons was banger vir Brutus as vir Hercules!  Dit gaan bietjie rof gedurende die modderbad/speeltyd in die middae en dan moet Brutus maar behoorlik bokspring (of skaapspring), maar die twee stamp gereeld kop.  Vanoggend het Brutus besluit hy ontsnap deur die skreufie toe ons die hek oopmaak om vir Hercules melk te gee.  Hy het omtrent pad gevat, waarheen sal daardie dom skaapkop alleen weet.  Al die werkers moes hulle werk stop en hom agterna sit.  Na ‘n groot gespook is hy weer terug op hok by Hercules.

Hercules groei op die oomblik dat die biesies bewe en tel ongeveer 1 kilogram ‘n dag op en ons kan nie wag dat sy nuwe kamp klaar kom nie.  As alles goed gaan, behoort hulle volgende week na die nuwe kamp oorgeskuif te word.

So it turns out that Brutus and Hercules have become buddies after a rocky start. The people working at the game farm were initially more scared of Brutus (the sheep) than of Hercules – possibly why he was given that name? Brutus is also a bit of an escape artist when he gets the chance, so they don’t only have to deal with Hercules’ antics, but have to go running after Brutus too.  The afternoon mud-bath and playtime session is a rough affair with Hercules throwing his ever increasing weight (he’s still gaining 1 kg a day) around, and Brutus having to nimbly leap out of the way. When Cecile wrote at the end of September, everybody was looking forward to the completion of the new bigger boma, so that Hercules and Brutus would have more space. This has hopefully been completed by now.

These days Hercules and Brutus are butting heads . . . all a game of course. ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

Hercules with one of his favourite toys. ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

Which he shares with Brutus ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

A bowl is something you can eat/drink out of . . .©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

. . . or put on your head . . . ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

. . . or even try and climb into! ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

And when you're tired, you can settle down at your person's feet. Isn't he just like a big puppy? ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock

Thank you to Cecile for supplying the information and photographs for this post. All photos were taken by and are ©Meryl and Ian Blackstock


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15 Comments on “Hercules and Brutus – an update”

  1. October 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    How sweet, Lisa. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    October 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Love this. That just made my day.

  3. October 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Aww! Thanks for sharing the update on Brutus and Hercules!

  4. October 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Awwww — he really does look like a big puppy now.

  5. Sarita Botha
    October 14, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I think if I was in sheep’s place, I would have run too! It is really sweet though.

  6. October 14, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Ditto here – I am beaming from ear to ear.

    Thanks for the update, Lisa!

  7. Estie
    October 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Thanx for the update. It is so good to see him doing well and having fun!

  8. jacquelincangro
    October 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks for this update. I’m glad to hear that Hercules is thriving in his new digs. He is too cute!

  9. October 17, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks to everyone who read, liked and left a comment on this post! I’ll post a further update when I get some more news and photos. Cecile did say though that Hercules is getting to be a handful and they don’t get much opportunity to take photos when they’re with him.

  10. October 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Their antics make me smile – thanks for the update Lisa.

  11. December 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Lisa – I have just heard an awful rumour about a baby rhino that had a sheep friend. Please can you update us on these two and tell me its not them

    • December 14, 2011 at 3:40 am #

      Jackie, could you please email me the details of the story you heard – and where you heard it? Use my contact form (http://wp.me/PYuZP-tx) or the address I use for comments.

      • December 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

        Lisa I have tracked it down to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre but I can find no press releases on the incident so for now it is just hearsay.

      • December 15, 2011 at 6:11 am #

        Thanks. Let me know when you hear something definite. I’ve been doing Internet searches and all I could find for recent weeks is an incident at a game farm in the Cape, one near Hoedspruit and another near Musina. Hercules lives in Western Limpopo and there’s no news from that area. Thank goodness!

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

        That’s great news Lisa – what worried me is that I heard that the rhino involved was young and had a sheep friend. I have heard that farmers are trying to keep their farms out of the press when there has been a poaching incident so as not to alert other poachers of their presence.

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