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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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on Organized Chaos- Wild Dog Pups Take the plunge into the Sand River- Virtual Safari # 193

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You were well-rewarded for your patience! I would have probably parked it there all day and given up breakfast and lunch to see the crossing. The scene of them playing is probably just a snippet of all the antics that day.
Well done.

It was well worth the wait. So this is only a tiny percentage of the antics that went on. I had more than 90 minutes of footage to sift through and so only took the best parts.

Wow Sean, that was awesome to watch the wild dogs crossing the sand river. They were very cautious at first, and rightly so as the crocodiles are there as well. So much excitement for them and you Rangers and then for us to see them crossing. They were dancing and turning around in the water and then decided to go for it.

It was awesome to eventually see them crossing the river.

A great video, Sean. Hopefully, the dogs won’t leave Londolozi and stay a bit longer on your territory.
Does anybody know , why there are only five adults left? Were the other two – I think – killed by some other predators or crocodiles?

To be honest we are not sure what happened to the other two adults and the rest of the pups. They could have been killed by crocodiles or maybe lions.

What a beautiful scene! Patience certainly paid off. I could practically hear the adults saying, “alright, pups, all together now, annnnnddd we cross!” The pups are growing so big.

Patience really did pay off in the end and it was such an awesome afternoon.

First of all, thanks for this entertaining video Sean. It was definitely interesting watching the adults display such high intensity alertness when entering the water, followed by the nervous pups that formed a protective circle of little bodies. But I was initially struck by your introduction of telling us that there were 5 adults and 13 pups – Since your last update, have the other 2 adults and 6 pups been lost? Considering the dangers that exist in true wilderness, I suppose it was just a matter of time for more pups to be lost, either from other predators or lack of nourishment, and the 2 adults, who knows? The pups are so much bigger now and hopefully at a stage where they are more likely to survive. Anyway, your post again proves that patience is key when viewing wild animals and whilst you may not always get to see the end game, when you do, it’s magical!

So when we last saw them on the airstrip there were only five adults and thirteen pups. I am not sure what happened to them though. They could have been killed by lions or possibly a crocodile while crossing the river at another point in time.

Super blog Sean, thank you.

Thank you so much, William.

How fantastic! They are so stinking cute! And getting big! Nervous even watching because you cannot tell on video how deep the water is! Glad they all made it!

The pups are such epic little animals to spend some time with. It was a little nerve-racking watching them in the water.

As this amazing Virtual Safari attests Sean, the wild dogs and their pups are an endless source of fascination!!! I love your description of “organized chaos.” So apt!!!

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