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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Happened to the Wild Dog Pups?

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Karen Hart
Digital Ranger

Such sad news, watching all ten pups play was an absolute delight. However, the good news is that there are still three pups alive and growing. Thank you for keeping us updated, even when the news is difficult.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Very sad.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, what wonderful blog today, only three pups remaining? How did the others die? Where they attacked by Hyenas? Or did they die by natural causes?

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Heart breaking

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Thanks for the update – a sad one for sure… Prayers for the final 3 pups!

Karen Taylor
Explorer

So tragic, I so enjoyed watching them grow up, as you said it will be much easier for the parents to manage three pups.
Keep us posted on the remaining pups.

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

Ah, that is truly heartbreaking and must be even harder for you who are with them daily. I’m sorry you had to bring us this sad news but thank you for keeping us updated and for helping us see the positive side.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh gosh this is so sad! Is there a chance that they could have drowned in the den? They are just so adorable with ears that seem bigger than their heads, just so precious!

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

How dare I get so attached! I hope the remaining three will be able to grow and thrive successfully.

So sad! Heartbroken when three pups emerged!! Nature can be real cruel! At least we still have 3 pups that will hopefully make it to adudhood! A pack of 5 sounds a lot better than a pack of 2!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Sad news but not unexpected as I read your feed yesterday. It seems impossible for one leopard to kill 7 pups in one go, but then I don’t know the ways of the wild. The upside, to remain optimistic, is three are left, giving the parents a better chance to raise them to adulthood. Additionally we all shared the joy of watching the 10 little pups make their debut, squealing and frolicking as puppies do that is preserved in our memories and photos. Thank you for the update.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thee side of nature we don’t appreciate!

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

This is just heartbreaking news. In the back of the mind you know it’s a long shot all 10 survive, but you hope against the odds they do. Praying the other 3 survive to adulthood.

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

So sad to see. Nature is not always kind.

Mark Ditts
Explorer

That is truly sad news but surely if a male leopard, lion or even a hyena had killed the pups there would be a carcass or at least the remains of one around the den? Unlikely that 7 pups can be eaten by an individual in a sitting.
What about a drowning or a snake bite in the den and 3 got lucky.
Is all actually immaterial as the outcome is tragic. Fingers crossed for the rest

Linda Mansell
Explorer

Oh, that is so sad – and unexpected – but that’s the nature of Nature. As James said, at least there are three left. I hope this den move is much safer for the whole family.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Tragic – and you rangers must be especially sad given the huge amount of time you’ve spent with them. Mother Nature can often be too rough.

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

This is so sad. Would it be irrational to hope that the other 7 pups wandered off somewhere, and that they might show up? At least James, You have been able to capture the three pups, leaving us with light to smile, and joy to carry on.

Barbi Evenson
Explorer

Sometimes there are just no words

I was so hoping that more of the puppies would emerge from the den….. my heart is sore. But will be positive and hope that the remaining three make it to adulthood. It’s a tough neighborhood they live in!

Craig Rogers
Explorer

Such sad news! I was hoping all 10 would survive but knew it would be very difficult if not impossible. Just hope these 3 manage to survive. Thanks for keeping us updated!!

How really sad! Of course, it’s nature and nature is indeed often quite cruel, but still – they were such wonderful little animals! I do hope that the remaining three will make it.
By the way: Do the parents realize that there are so many pups missing?

Lisa Antell
Explorer

James, it is so sad that 7 pups went missing…..but it is still puzzling to have 7 get killed all at once….if a male leopard came in and started a killing rampage, wouldn’t there be enough time for more of the pups to run and dive into the den? Would you be able to look around the area and see if there was a place with sign of an obvious confrontation or carcasses or flattened grass or blood, etc?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Lisa, yes we are a bit confused too. We had a look around but didn’t find anything. UNfortunately it was two days ofrain and bad weather from when it happened to when we made the discovery so a lot of the signs would have been washed away…

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Shattered by the news 😔but hoping that this brings the other three pups to adulthood and a long term relationship with you all at Londolozi. You have all cared so much for their welfare that it would be fitting if they became Londolozi family members and stick around to be as easy with vehicles as the Leopard have. 🙏🏻💕

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Sad … looking forward to the camera trap data and analysis of the area around the old den to solve the mystery.

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