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I guess when the tough gets going exceptions can be made and sharing becomes caring in the bush. We left Footsteps camp for an afternoon game drive and we came across a hyena who looked extremely agitated as he was running around in circles in front of the game viewer. At first I thought it was running from lions but the hyena kept sniffing in the air and running where the wind was blowing from.

This is typical behavior of a hyena sensing that his next meal may be close by and straight away I knew he was up to something interesting so I followed it. As I was following the hyena I saw hooded vultures circling from a distance and the hyena was heading towards them so excitement started building up and I immediately put my foot down and accelerated towards the scene.

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To my surprise I found our resident two wild dogs had managed to take down an impala and more surprisingly the hyena had joined them in eating the kill. The dogs showed no animosity towards the Hyena and all three animals carried on as if they were a part of one pack. In my 10 years of guiding in the Okavango Delta I have never come across such a jaw dropping experience and even my guests said it was their first time to see this after watching so many documentaries of predators.

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These two African wild dogs were originally from a pack of five dogs. Around April we started seeing a separation of the pack as the two female wild dogs were fighting for the alpha female dominancy. The three males also started showing signs of interest in the females which ultimately led to the final separation of the pack.

The pack of three moved further to the eastern side of the concession whilst the two dogs moved further to the western side. The Golden pack gets its name from the female African wild dog who has a golden like colouration which is a very unusual trait for the species. This female currently has nine puppies and she is denning close to our neighbouring camp. These two females use a particularly clever hunting strategy as they cannot rely on a pack for support, they will chase antelope from an open flood plain into water/marsh areas, making the prey less mobile and easier for the two of them to capture.

Story and images by Omphile Kaluluka & Moses Teko