In May this year we had the good fortune of discovering the den site of the LTC wild dog pack. There were smiles all round in the Linyanti after the news broke of a confirmed 10-litter pack! We adhered to our strict viewing protocol and only began viewing the pups once they had begun to freely emerge from the den site.
And then, just a few days ago, we found the den abandoned.
There was not a dog in sight, only the tracks of lions and hyaenas and two dead pups left at the entrance. We knew that the pups were not yet old enough to leave the den and that they would require shelter and security in order to grow strong and join the pack on those high-speed chases… as only wild dog know how to do!
The whole litter had tragically been taken out… or at least that’s what we thought.
A day later two pups were spotted with the pack. Hooray! These young canines, although struggling to keep up with the pack, had miraculously survived… How? I guess we will never know.
I decided to make it my mission to keep a look out for the dogs, seriously hoping that they would survive.