Honey, A Hyena ate your flip flop!
Day 5 of our lock-down started with a bit of a conundrum. I was up early with the boys this morning. Even after two weeks at home, they still wake up around 5 as if they have to go to school! While I was making them some breakfast, Alex went outside. He was inside within a split-second! “Mama, papa’s skoen is stukkend!” (Mama, papas shoe is broken!) He said with a mortified look on his face. I followed him outside and there it was right next to the front door: Steven’s flip flop – chewed up and with only a part of the second one remaining…
What on earth…? My immediate thought was a hyena came through our side fence that is still down. So I did a bit of CSI trying to find out what happened. I could not see a single track at the fence on the side of the house. Nor could I see much in the immediate surroundings of the crime scene. I did find an interesting track that wasn’t hyena. Could a honey badger have made off with half of Steven’s flip flop? I decided to wait until Steven was up to see if he could piece together the events of the evening.
When he walked into the kitchen, the first thing he said was: “Love, guess what happened last night….” I will leave it to him to tell you the rest of the story!
“So last night after Lin and the boys went to bed I was still up and waited for the president’s speech about the current situation in our beautiful country.
After a while, I went outside and noticed immediately my one flip flop is gone and the remaining one was chewed up and badly wounded.
“What the…. Cheeky bugger!” And as I said that I see a young hyena bolt for the gate with my flip flop in his mouth. He was in such a hurry to get away with his prize that he crashed into the gate before crawling under it to get out. I quickly grabbed my spotlight and went after him.
Yes, I broke lockdown to try and get my flip flop back from a hyena! As I followed the young hyena, still with the flip flop in his mouth, he just kept ahead of me and refused to drop my flip flop so after a few words with him I let him go and stood there a few hundred metres from the house. I switched off my spotlight and marvelled at the stars while listening to the hyena now actually chewing on my flip flop.
“Fine, you can have your chew toy!” I yelled at him! More chewing sounds came from the Hyena. I walked back home and had a chuckle about the cheeky hyena. Then I decided to bring all the garden shoes inside and set up the trap cam outside to monitor the mortally wounded remaining flip flop. Just in case the hyena wanted to come back and finish it off. But the footage revealed nothing.
A patrol of our fence revealed at least one point where the outside fence has been compromised by the warthog and one potential entry point. I set up both our Trail Camera’s to see if any culprits decide to break the perimeter because they want to be locked in lock-down with us!
Cheers everyone! Stay safe! Steve”
We have had some other funny experiences with hyenas! Have a look at the links below: