Fantastic to see thd elephant investigating the camera. Can’t wait for the final installment int mistery.
We continue with our search to gather evidence of who or what is responsible for moving the elephant skull.
We tried using another trail camera with the ability to capture videos at night. This was a great move, however a clan of hyenas took a liking to this unprotected camera. They had a good sniff around and tried to bite it off the tree. Luckily they were unable to get a good grip on it but the camera was shifted and we once again failed to capture the moving of the skull. However, we felt like we got one step closer…
Happy with the camera placement, we moved the skull ourselves so that it was centred in front of the trail camera. We made sure it was on and left.
When we returned to find a shifted camera, we were incredibly relieved that it came off with just a scratch. Hyenas have some of the most powerful jaws of all the mammals found out here, easily capable of crushing a trail camera. We got off lightly this time.
When retrieving the camera, seeing that the skull had moved once more left us with hope that we may have got the evidence we had hoped to capture. Our hearts sunk when we realised that the angle of the camera was all wrong thanks to the hyenas’ work. Without getting disheartened we tried a new tactic and shifted the position of the camera to a higher tree close-by, out of reach of a mischievous hyena.
With the camera now high up, and a second camera in a protective box lower down, we have high hopes that this will be a case of third time lucky.
P.S. What we discovered when we retrieved the trail cameras is more than we had imagined. Look out for the final instalment in this series…
A rough estimate would put it at about 20 kg now.