Wild Dog Kill

Wild Dogs have for decades been seen as "vermin" and almost exterminated. One of the main reasons is their hunting method. Dogs are not strong animals as lions or leopards and hence cannot suffocate their victims before eating them - they eat them alive.

I was very lucky to be able to follow for hours a pack of wild dogs hunting in the Okavango delta in Botswana, and even luckier to see them bringing down this impala less than five meters from our car. However, the experience was not for a weak stomach. The dogs started to eat before the impala had died. The cries of the unlucky antelope, and the rest of the surrounding noises and smells, were very disturbing indeed. In less than 5 minutes there was no trace at all of the impala.


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Nikon D2X, Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8, beanbag

Date: 15/02/2009

Location: Okavango, Botswana

Photographer: Arturo de Frias

Wild Dog Kill

Wild Dogs have for decades been seen as "vermin" and almost exterminated. One of the main reasons is their hunting method. Dogs are not strong animals as lions or leopards and hence cannot suffocate their victims before eating them - they eat them alive.

I was very lucky to be able to follow for hours a pack of wild dogs hunting in the Okavango delta in Botswana, and even luckier to see them bringing down this impala less than five meters from our car. However, the experience was not for a weak stomach. The dogs started to eat before the impala had died. The cries of the unlucky antelope, and the rest of the surrounding noises and smells, were very disturbing indeed. In less than 5 minutes there was no trace at all of the impala.


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Nikon D2X, Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8, beanbag

Date: 15/02/2009

Location: Okavango, Botswana

Photographer: Arturo de Frias