April 2021

Right of Way

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Right of Way

An experienced hyena mother chose to suckle her cubs right on the side of the main thoroughfare that cuts through the reserve. Running underneath the road at this point is a big drainage pipe and it was clear from all the tracks and trampled vegetation that she’d stowed her cubs in the drainpipe for safety. While we watching the tranquil scene a large bull elephant appeared from around the bend and came marching on determinedly. We stayed where we were and so did the hyenas, but the cubs were the first to give way and then so did the mother. Once the traffic had passed we all calmly went on our own way again. Such a special scene to witness and a reminder to stay with a sighting and not rush off in search of the next best thing.

Jenny Hishin
By Jenny Hishin
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