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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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Sean, Thanks for going into more detail on the feeding of the pups. It must be quite a difficult time for the current pack to keep so many pups well fed!

It must be such a challenge to keep all these mouths full. But they are doing such a good job so far.

Really informative Sean, We’ve heard bits and pieces before but this puts it all in perspective. Thank you!

Thank you so much, Bob. I am glad this helps fill in the gaps.

Lessons in ‘village’ mentality! Smart dogs! I noticed the pups eyes lighten up to a more amber color as they become adults? Loving all the blogs on this pack 🙂

I am glad you are enjoying all the updates on the wild dogs. We will keep them coming.

Thanks for the continued wild dog education. Is it known how the babysitter is determined, and if they rotate that responsibility throughout the lower ranking pack members? About what age are the pups grown enough to stay with the pack all the time?

My understanding is that for the first little while, the mother is the babysitter. Once the pups are older the, non-breeding subordinate members remain behind. There is no rhyme or reason as to who stays but i would presume they take it in turn, with the better hunters being les likely to be the ones staying behind.

Hi Sean, this is a very interesting story on the wild dogs. There must be an instinct for how much to regurgitate for the pups. The alpha pair obviously regurgitate more as they consume more to be able to feed the pups. They are a very tight knitted family and allow all to eat even the adults that are injured. Loved the fotos of the pups, so cute and each one has its own markings, making them unique.

Thanks, Valmai. They are so tightly knit and look after each other.

Great article, Sean. Wild dogs are really very fascinating animals.
It’s so fantastic that they are still at Londolozi and you can watch them every day and witness how the pups are turning into adolescent and then adult dogs.

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Great piece on the wild dogs, Sean. Were the pups all born of the same mom? Or were there two concurrent litters?

Thank you so much, Ann. I am not one hundred percent sure if they were born to one or two mums. I think in the beginning there were 24 or so pups, and this would be very unlikely that they all came from one mother, I know a mother can have 2-20 pups in a litter.

Thanks so much, Christa.

Good information Sean referencing the wild dogs and how they feed their pups. I’m wondering now how old these pups are and when they may join the adults on a hunt. It seems with only 7 or 8 adults and 19 pups that the weaker pups will not survive given their normal growth demands. This is where survival of the fittest comes to mind I suppose. What’s phenomenal is that you all have had the opportunity to follow them for several weeks now, making for good stories and great images.

Thank you so much, Denise. They are following along with the adults now but don’t actively participate in the hunt.

Incredibly informative and interesting Sean! These animals are endlessly fascinating, and this deeper look into their process of feeding their pups is a great addition to all of the wonderful posts about these amazing dogs!

Thank you so much, Paul. We can never get enough of the wild dogs. They are such amazing animals.

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