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on The Wild Dog that STILL thinks he is a Hyena

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Tammy Perger
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Wow that truly is incredible….:)

Thanks Sean

Lisa O
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What an awesome sighting Seano!! Great writing too.

Leslie Backus
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Do you think the wild dog was exiled from his pack for some reason? Do you think he tries to befriend other wild dogs as well? Since wild dogs are so social, he must feel very lonely.

Sean Carter
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Hi Leslie,

I have definately seen this male with the pack before, but it seems as if he has been exiled of late. Wild Dogs do often leave their natal pack to form new packs, but they usually do it in groups of males or females. If there were other Dogs who wanted to meet up with him, they would then call back.

Thanks
Sean

Rob Breen
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So interesting. I saw another interesting inter-species interaction between a Wild Dog and two Black-backed Jackals in Botswana. The lonely female had formed a relationship with two jackals. She even regurgitated for their pups. Link to story below. Part of that story not mentioned in the blog post was that there were also two hyenas that the dog-jackal family remained close to in some sort of symbiotic relationship.
http://www.roarafrica.com/blog.aspx?ctl00%24HeadContent%24q=wild+dog+jackal

Rich Laburn
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rob thanks for posting the link, I have heard of this interaction before, specifically because it is recurring event. rich

Arden Zalman
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Poor baby–so confused. He should be happy he’s in Londolozli among friends.

ThelmaALeman
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HELLO
WHY IS THIS WILD DOG MAKING THAT NOISE?…. IS HE CALLING TO HIS PACK LIKE LIONS DO?…
UHM…

Sean Carter
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Hi Thelma,

He is calling for his pack mates. Wild Dogs often get separated during a hunt and this is one of the ways they relocate one another. In this instance, instead of other his own kind responding, the Hyenas did.

Sean

Renee Kane
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Companionship: everyone needs it… Awesome video.

Laurette
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We don’t believe that happened the day we left you……not fair! Truly awesome.

the overton family
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We saw lone male dog at Chitwa ( after leaving you – an amazing 3 days with Richie and Oxide!) around the lodge area and also following scent of pack of 12 dogs we had followed the night before. He was happily chasing giraffe ! Wonder if it was the same one? p.s please pass to Richie Ferrier the news that Alex’s 2nd wobbly tooth finally came out yesterday- definitely not so impressive as in front of the male lions!!Boys counting days until we can return although definitely not self-drive next time- navigating north east of Thulamahashe using a childs compass as no gps loading was not ideal!!! Luckily no more punctures though!

Ron
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Looks like he’s attempting to do some lip-licking with the hyena !
such a sad cry when they are lost or separated :
(.

Vish
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Interesting story. Thanks for sharing, pal.

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