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Elephant Plains: A lone Hyena tries to steal a Bushbuck from a neighbouring Pack
It was such a moody, misty, quite ethereal morning when we started out early today. The trees, bushes and animals that we came across looked quite ghostly and beautiful in the thick mist.
Most of our morning was taken up when we found hyenas dragging a large carcass - a fully grown bushbuck - from place to place. We followed closely as they proceeded through the bush with their prize. As they dragged the kill near one of the water holes a lone hyena from a different pack started to stalk them, trying to steal the kill from them, and creating much tension, with growling, threats and snarling on both sides.
These interactions in the swirling mist added an unusual element of mystery and excitement to the morning.
We assumed that the bushbuck had probably been stolen from another predator - lions and leopard having been seen in the area.
By afternoon the mist had cleared and to our delight we encountered another female leopard, named Kwatile.
We spent most of the afternoon with her as she strolled around, skirted a large dam, and provided photo opps galore!
As darkness took over we started our return journey to the Lodge we found four lionesses lying peacefully in a river bed. They had eaten recently and were content to loll around with their full tummies, lifting their heads occasionally, and enjoying a rest after their meal.
Everyone is really delighted with everything we experienced so far, and speculating about tomorrow ...