Wild dogs in the Okavango Delta

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??

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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.

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This photo shows the puppy’s grandmother, the former alpha female.  You can see how light she is.

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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.

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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.

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It also included harassing every single guinea fowl in the little dust bowl until they were all gone.  It was time to roost anyway.

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And finally, they even hassled the elephants.

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Even the puppy wanted in on the action.  You can barely see him in the bottom of the photo.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Wild dogs in the Okavango Delta

  1. Wow, what a fantastic sighting. You must have been on an absolute high having so much time with them. I am sure you hated having to leave them. Looking at your photos had me holding my breathe in anticipation, I can only imagine how you must have felt. I wonder how the pup will do growing up without other siblings. Like children I can only think that he or she will be mature beyond its years, learning from the adults.
    I bet the adrenalin was flowing when the impala came bursting out of the bushes at full speed.

  2. It was totally unexpected so no one was ready. I’m glad the impala got away though… always tough to watch a kill. I don’t mind the feeding just the killing. That puppy is quite busy. It just hassles adults instead of other puppies. It was hard to know who its parents were since it visited just about every dog in the pack. And when they started their evening stroll, the puppy was right there with them. Probably will be joining a real hunt at a much earlier age than usual.

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