Still Learning To See

Painted dogs

The name “Painted dog” is appropriate given the remarkable coloration of their fur but, make no mistake, these are very much wild dogs that hunt in highly organized packs with 80% or greater success.

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We were fortunate to see two packs while in Botswana. In both cases the guides indicated the packs were healthy, a good sign as there are many pressures on them that continue to put the species in jeopardy in many locations.

The first pack we encountered was sleeping soundly in the shade of a bush on a hot day.

The second pack was on the move, trying to get a drink of water from a pond where a couple of hippos were arguing with them. The hippos “won” in the end!

We were able to get very close to both packs. As long as we remained quiet and in the vehicle, they were relatively unbothered by our presence.

We were able to get very close to both packs. As long as we remained quiet and in the vehicle, they were not particularly bothered by our presence.

This entry was published on March 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm. It’s filed under Africa, Botswana, John Snell, Photograph and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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