Babies of any animal are cute…but not much can beat a baby African Wild Dog, or 7 of them for that matter! Yesterday the much loved wild dog pack came across onto Londolozi and bought with them their precious cargo.
We sat enthralled as they played around the vehicles and ran up and down the road. Play time turned into complete hysteria and delight when an adult returned back to the spot with a blood soiled face. They greeted him like a long lost hero before following in hot pursuit.
Before they got to the site of his impala kill, three hyaenas stepped in and ruined the party.Stealing the kill from under their noses. The dogs erred on the side of caution and led their puppies away from the scene…the reward was not worth the risk!
One wonderful aspect of the Wild Dog lifestyle is that the entire family looks after the youngsters. The hunting members of the pack return to the den where they regurgitate meat for the nursing female and pups.These pups are at the stage where they are starting to be led further and further afield from the den site and will shortly start to be led out on ‘hunting missions’.
Written, filmed by: Adam Bannister
Photographed by: Adam Bannister & Shan Varty