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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:46 pm 
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ImageLeeukos- please tell Lazarus to move the vehicle----------------Image
You don't want me to climb over all the seats , to have a little friendly chat with him, do you?

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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Great drive with an awesome sunset :clap: :clap: .

And what happened next :whistle: :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing and for keeping us wondering :popcorn: .

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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Lazarus has delivered. He took us to a pack of Wild Dogs. I assumed they were busy hunting as they kept moving along the road sniffing for a sign of prey.

This means we have seen the Magnificent 7 in a single day. That is the Big 5 plus cheetah and Wild Dogs. All in a single day.

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Although the coat pattern of wild dogs can vary considerably, the tail tips are always white - a clear communication beacon.

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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We slowly followed them and had to switch the lights of the cruiser off as we did not want to disturb them to much. Lazarus used a spot light, but never pointed the light directly at them.

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Not all canids form packs. Moving in packs is considered an advanced form of social organisation.

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A Wild Dog pack is led by a monogamous pair, and is in most cases the only ones to breed.

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In a pack of wild dogs, the males are related and stay in the natal pack while females emigrate.

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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It was so difficult to take photos in the dark and the flash on the camera did not even make a difference. so I decided to put my camera away and just sit and enjoy the sighting. We followed the pack for another hour along the road.

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Wild Dog males will sometimes emigrate, but generally only if a few brothers from the same litter do so together.

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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After our encounters with the wild dogs, it was time to go back to the lodge after a very successful game drive. The lodge will treat all the guests tonight and dinner will be served out in the boma.

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According to scientists, large mammal predators kill a combined total of approximately 76 000 larger animals a year in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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The chef used a kudu horn to sound the call for all the guests to come and sit down for dinner.

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Kudu horns have long been prized in Africa for use as musical instruments, honey containers, and symbolic ritual objects.

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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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That evening we had the following for dinner:
3 salads, Butternut Soup, Slow braised ox-tail, Kudu sausage, Eland sirloin, Buffalo fillet, chicken roast, sirloin of beef and Steamed apple pudding.

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Friends in the Night
There was enough wood gathered, and I stretched out on the grass to rest, as there was nothing else to do. We were both tired out, hot, dusty and very, very thirsty; but it was too late to hunt for water then. I was lying on my side chewing a grass stem, and Jock lay down in front of me a couple of feet away. It was a habit of his: he liked to watch my face, and often when I rolled over to ease one side and lie on the other he would get up when he found my back turned to him and come deliberately to the other side and sling himself down in front of me again.

There he would lie with his hind legs sprawled on one side, his front legs straight out, and his head resting on his paws. He would lie like that without a move, his dark eyes fixed on mine all the time until the stillness and the rest made him sleepy, and then he would blink and blink, like a drowsy child fighting sleep until it beat him; and then – one long drawn breath as he rolled gently over on his side, and Jock was away in Snoozeland.

In the loneliness of that evening I looked into his steadfast resolute face with its dark muzzle and bright faithful eyes that looked so soft and brown when there was nothing to do, but got so beady black when it came to fighting. I felt very friendly to the comrade who was little more than a puppy still, and he seemed to feel something to; for as I lay there chewing the straw and looking at him, he stirred his stump of a tail in the dust an inch or so from time to time to let me know that he understood all about it and that it was all right as long as we were together.

Sir Percy Fitzpatrick
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 Post subject: Re: Walking With Jock
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Awesome sighting Image well done Lazarus- GIVE THAT MAN A Image

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What a great sighting by night, Leeukos,

especially the eyes glowing in the dark are very special :clap: :clap:

The dinner looked amazing :mrgreen:

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Great Wild Dog sighting Leeukos! What a gorgeous drive you had! :clap: :clap:

Awesome menu! That dinner was fit for a king! :dance: :dance:

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Awesome last stretch of the days drive and painted doggies to end it all :clap: :clap: .

Great menu :thumbs_up: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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