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African Wild Dog | by Thomas Retterath
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African Wild Dog


We found these Wild Dogs in the Lebala Concession in Northern Botswana.

They were looking for their pups, which seemed to be killed some days before as the den was empty. Maybe hyena, leopard or just a big python took the 5 young dogs. Most recently their biggest enemy the hyena killed them.

The pack of only 5 dogs were searching the youngsters circling in some distance around the den for some days. So it was easy for our great guide Hector to locate them.

We saw the dogs on 3 of our 4 days at Lebala. In that time we witnessed them eating two Baby Impala, which our guide called "Bush McDonalds". We didn´t see the actual kill, even though we followed them hunting. Due to their technique and hunting abilities they caught the poor little Impalas as fast as you can say "1 BigMäc, small french fries and a Coke"

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Taken on November 9, 2008