Well, the pack of two with their pups continue to pull the wool over our eyes.
Last we knew they had headed east out of Londolozi. We hadn’t seen them in a week, and neither had anyone else. This was starting to sound a bit like deja vu. Although we didn’t think anything had happened to them, this was the second time they had just upped and vanished without any evidence (although last time it was 7 pups).
They had to be somewhere.
And they were, just on the opposite side of the reserve.
Late yesterday afternoon we stumbled upon the adults returning from a hunt to where they had stashed the pups (now down to seven, sadly) in some long grass, and were treated to an amazing half hour of the young dogs playing in golden light before they were led off into a rocky section where we couldn’t follow.
Those are some serious ears! Wild Dogs are renowned for their acute sense of hearing, but the oversized pair on this pup almost seems like they should throw it off balance!
One of the pups takes a tumble after its tackle attempt on a sibling was sidestepped.
A brief levitation as the chase heats up…
Moments like this will stay with one for years. One of the pups comes to take a closer look at us.
Playtime in wild dog pups – as for most young predators – is essential for developing muscles and agility that will be needed in adulthood. And little teeth are already sharp enough to hurt, as evidenced by the expression of the pup attempting to avoid the bite of its sibling.
A last look back at us before trotting after the adults…
The male leads the pups off down the road. This was our last view before he led them out of frame to the left to where we couldn’t follow…