An Early Morning Surprise
It was an amazing start to this morning’s game drive when the Wild Dogs were spotted just outside Mwamba Bushcamp. They were seen heading away from a cowering female Puku, who ran and ducked low in the water trying to remain unseen.
The hunt was now on as they had headed into the thicket and disappeared. For the next hour the vehicles remained in the area catching a few glimpses of them as they moved along the ravines and kept heading through thick brush.
Just when we were about to give up we heard the distinct sound of an animal being killed. Still unsure of their exact location we turned off the vehicle to listen out for any more tell-tale signs. Then we heard the excited sounds of Hyaena and were able to determine where the dogs were.
Slightly off the road behind a Mopane thicket was the pack of Wild Dog’s feeding on an Impala. We managed to find a gap through the branches with a slightly clearer view of the dogs huddled around the carcass and two Hyaenas circling the pack. The larger of the two Hyaenas ran into the middle of the dogs and stole the remains of the Impala. The dogs immediately gave chase biting at the behind of the Hyaena, who showed no signs of surrendering her spoils.
The Hyaenas quickly finished off the kill and returned to the spot where the Wild Dogs were sniffing and looking for any scraps of their recently stolen meal. From this point on they showed no aggression towards each other as both Wild Dog and Hyaena were sniffing around the same area. It is always something special to see interaction between two predators as you never know what will happen. After a minute or two the Wild Dogs decided it was not worth hanging around and moved into the shade of a Mopane Tree, deeper into the thicket.