We found the dogs in the morning after they had big morning meal. They had full bellies and bloody faces. As much as I was anticipating and hoping for good luck to see them this time, I was still blown away when we actually found them. One of the guides found them after driving in the direction he observed several giraffes staring in one direction. There are far too many photos in this entry but when you don’t know if you’ll ever see them again, how can you resist??
This puppy is the only one they have at this time. The former alpha female lost her position when the alpha male was lost. A new pair took that position and the female had three pups. This is the only one that has survived. It’s a plucky little thing so hopefully it will continue to do well.
This photo shows the puppy’s grandmother, the former alpha female. You can see how light she is.
Even when they are resting, they are still messing around. Some are always playing, others get up and move to another place. It’s never completely still with a pack of wild dogs.
We left them, some of us reluctantly, but were able to track them down again just before evening. It wasn’t long before they finally started moving on. Even though they are supposedly looking for their next meal, they continue to play. And some of that play involves hassling animals much larger… way out of their range of prey.
It also included harassing every single guinea fowl in the little dust bowl until they were all gone. It was time to roost anyway.
And finally, they even hassled the elephants.
Even the puppy wanted in on the action. You can barely see him in the bottom of the photo.
They pretty much disappeared into some thick brush and suddenly an impala came bursting out of the bush followed by the dogs. Bad photos though; it was getting dark and I wasn’t prepared. They gave a good chase, but the impala went for a pond and escaped to live another day. They weren’t too interested actually and gave up quickly. Probably still full from the morning’s meal. Awesome end to a spectacular day.