The pack of eight Wild Dogs ran with purpose, coursing along the Guarri thicket line, searching intently for a morning meal. It was easy to see that they were attempting to flush a poor unsuspecting animal of out of hiding. They would then use their superior numbers and incredible speed and endurance to chase down the prey. With eight mouths to feed, and a heavily pregnant alpha female, the pack was in need of a hearty meal. They got just that…
We could not have been better positioned to watch the mayhem unfold; driving at the time, I was obviously not able to capture it all on film but the moment was unreal. The alpha male spotted a herd of Nyala and with a flick of the tail summoned the pack members to back him up. In a flash the chase was on.
Galloping at full speed we could see the dogs literally flying behind a number of antelope. It was electric. No alarm calls were heard; there simply was not time for that. With a gentle touch they nudged a young female Nyala; being off balance and at full sprint, she toppled and rolled. The Wild Dogs were on her in a second as dust flew.
Just to the left, another dog had also managed to trip a sub-adult male Nyala sending him crashing to the ground. He put up more of a fight but five members of the pack silenced him. We nearly saw a third kill as the mother Nyala narrowly managed to hurdle the alpha female.
Once the kills were made they fed at breakneck speed. Dashing backwards and forwards between the two kills. In ten minutes there would be nothing left of either kills.
WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS
We all wait with excitement to see where the pack decide to den their next precious litter of pups. With a very small population of Wild Dogs in the area, every individual is crucial.
Written and filmed by Adam Bannister