I had a great group of guests recently, and we just seemed to be having a lot of luck on each drive. The only thing that had eluded us so far were the Hyenas, but I wasn’t too worried as I knew of a den site where there was a good chance to see not only the adults but the youngsters too.
I set out early, but decided to only head to the den site a little later in the morning as I was sure the little ones would be still sleeping inside the den, waiting for the sun to get high enough to entice them out, how wrong was I!
Sandros was having a quiet morning and decided to check the den site before I got there, when he arrived he found and addition to the clan in the form of a lone wild dog. He called to let me know there was a wild dog at the densite and I immediately told my guests that unfortunately I didn’t think we would get to see the hyenas this morning as with a wild dog sitting outside there home, it was unlikely they would venture out. Once again, how wrong was I.
However seeing a Wild Dog is an opportunity you just don’t pass up in the Sabi Sands, so we made our way to the densite, expecting to see the Wild Dog sleeping outside with no sign of the hyenas. When we got there, it was like a scene out of a kids playground, the 3 young hyenas were chasing the wild dog in circles, and he would then chase them, all the while the mother Hyena was watching from a distance without a care in the world.
This behavior has been recorded before in the Okovango Delta at Mombo Camp, where a single female wild dog has taken it upon herself to care and hunt for a family of jackals and occasionally a lone Hyena.
This male Wild Dog has been spotted all around the Sabi Sands, most of the time by himself. He definitely seems to be a little confused and lonely. We watch this story with interest and will keep you all posted is this unusual family holds over time. We would love to hear if any of you have encountered a similar sight.
Written, photographed and filmed by Sean Carter