What was the first thing you did this morning? Perhaps make a nice cup of coffee or read the newspaper?
This morning this was mine...
This is Holiday, the tracker at Morukuru, and me carrying a freshly killed Impala out of the staff village. During the early morning hours the Wild Dogs made it into the fence around the lodge and killed the female impala right next to our house hence my not so pleasant first-activity-of-the-morning! :)
There are currently two packs of Wild Dog in Madikwe and this was the 'Collection Pack'. Originaly about six strong, there are now only two left as a result of fighting with the much larger 'Dwarsberg Pack'. The Kgala lions (my photographic obsession for this week) also comes into their story as they killed the pups of the Collection Pack about two weeks ago. Very sad story but something for a different Blog.
So anyway, before even having a chance to have a cup of coffee we had to get the carcass out of the fenced in area as the female dog was inside the fence and the male was still outside. She was visibly uncomfortable with us walking towards her and not having the safety of her pack. I think she was also still quite 'emotional' (at the risk of giving the dog human emotions) and stressed at having lost her pups less than two weeks ago.
We got the carcass out of the fenced area and dropped it about a hundred meters from the entrance gate. The male, who was circling us the whole time, was there in a flash but the female was now stuck inside the fence as the electric gate closed before she could get out.
I was still a great feeling to have these two very endangered animals close to us as they fed on the impala. Even though there were only two of them, they ate very quickly. One of the reasons for this is that they do not rank very high on the predator hirarchy and even a hyena or leopard can steal the kill from them. Kill, eat quick and move on has worked for them for hundreds of uears so why change it now.
My original plan was to do a Blog about the Madikwe Gardens today but with the Weekly High Five also due I might only get to that later this weekend. I also have a lot of images of the fanily of Banded Mongoose who we have been watching around the property the last week. Very cute but I just had to upload a quick Blog about our Wild Morning at Morukuru! I will upload all of the images from this morning to the Photo-Africa Stock Library with next weeks big upload.
Make sure to check back over the weekend as I upload Blogs on the Weekly High Five, Madikwe Gardens and the Banded Mongoose.
As always I look forward to hearing from you!