Wild Dogs Hunting Wildebeest
This evening, the Wild Dogs:were hunting in a small group of Wildebeests. These are the same pack of dogs as in all the preceding images.This was one of their evening hunts, that we witnessed, to feed their large family. They hunted twice daily, when it was cool---early every morning & late every afternoon---and we followed them each time for 12 days. Their hunts were well-planned: they would enter a small herd of wildebeests and began driving the wildebeests back-and-forth. We could hear the dogs barking 'instructions' to one another.They were trying to frighten and confuse a yearling wildebeest so that it would separate from the rest of its group. One did just that! An ultimately fatal act for the young Wildebeest! The dogs pursued it as the frightened animal ran towards our vehicle, seeking to protect itself by backing up to our vehicle and protect its perineum (the thinnest part of its abdominal wall). Knowing that would be futile, we sped away over the plains as fast as the terrain permitted. Its only hope was that the dogs would give up the chase. We knew that once the dogs caught up with the wildbeest, it would be finished. For these photographs, I stood up in the open vehicle, doing the best I could to keep my balance during the jolting ride. The dust & debris, from our speeding vehicle, and from the pursuing beestie close behind us, swirled around me. I could hear the animal's labored breathing, as it futilely tried to outrun the dogs. After a very rough ride at 30 mph over animal tracks and ruts, the driver decided we had to stop because of the danger of having a wreck if a wheel were to get caught in a rut or animal hole. When the dogs caught up and seized the wildebeest by the nose, it wasn't more than 5 minutes before the wildebeest was dead and eviscerated. The dogs removed and bolted down enough organ and muscle to feed all the pups and themselves. The event occurred right alongside our rover. As we anticipated, the side of the car provided no protection to the unfortunate creature. [Serengeti, Tanzania].