Following on from part 1 of this blog, we discussed a brief history of the Othawa Pack. Now let us go back to that particular morning not so long ago. We set off on the morning game drive, deciding to roll the dice and venture north of the Sand River to hopefully find some signs of the adult wild dogs hunting on our property. For the first hour of the game drive, we hadn’t seen much and when driving through a densely vegetated area we came across a dazzle of zebra standing in the road. We turned the vehicle off to marvel at the beauty of some of Africa’s most iconic mammals.
In the distance, we heard a noise that we weren’t too familiar with. At first, we thought that it was perhaps hyenas making some type of squeaking and squealing noise which normally means that they are fighting over some form of carcass.
Intrigued as to what we might find, we set off in the direction of the noise. Then simultaneously, as though tracker Tshepo Dzemba and I were telepathically linked, we looked at each other and said,
“Maybe it’s wild dog pups!”
No more than two minutes later we couldn’t believe our eyes as all we could see were wild dogs everywhere. The pack of seven now had an additional 19 little pups and they were all running around surrounding our vehicle.
Perhaps with a change in the alpha female, the fortunes of this resilient pack of wild dogs will shift but only time will tell as the 19 pups venture further into the wilderness that has danger lurking around every corner. But for now, we have been treated to an incredible week of wild dog sightings which will be a week I will never forget.
Later that afternoon the whole team were so excited to finally get a view of the wild dog pups, Sean being one of them and here is the Virtual Safari from that afternoon. Enjoy!