Selinda wild dogs

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Oct 9th, 2005, 12:29 AM
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Selinda wild dogs

The latest news: the 11 pups are now running with the pack. No surprise of course, because when we saw them they were getting really toey and showing all the signs of wanting to go with the adults on the hunt. The next 3 months will be possibly the most dangerous for the youngsters. Hyenas always hang around when wild dogs are on the move, and in good lion country the possibility of the big fellas turning up at a kill is very real. The adult dogs will have a hard time protecting all the pups.
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Oct 9th, 2005, 06:49 AM
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Thanks for the update. Let's hope that many wild dog pups born this past season throughout Africa make it to next season.

An adult at Chitabe had tangled with a lion, losing an ear and sustaining many other severe injuries. The pack nursed him back to health. In August, several months after the attack, he was hunting again--minus an ear and with a jaw wound that had not yet healed.

I hope to see some of those dogs next August in Selinda..
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Oct 9th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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Nothing can be guaranteed with wild dogs but I'd be surprised if you didn't see this pack. We saw them in 2002 and again this year, but missed out last year-- though after we left, the whole pack of 30 (16 pups) was seen regularly in the Zib area. The year before that, the pack denned less than a kilometre from Zib, but in another season, they denned in the neighbouring concession. They always suffer losses from lions and hyenas, sometimes seriously. This year the pack is about 20-strong (11 pups), and of course there should be another litter next year. Hope you have great sightings.
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Oct 10th, 2005, 06:45 PM
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Another bit of news I've picked up in the past couple of days is not good for the dogs. Selinda's hyena population seems to be booming, so much so that they've been hunting impala regularly. They're good hunters, so why not (when scavenging isn't filling the larder)?
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