Tales of the Trailcam
It is day 10 of the nation-wide lockdown. As of today, more than half we world population is locked-down in their homes. This is such a strange realisation. Last night, after we put Alex and Jack in bed, Steven and I sat outside for a bit more in the dark, listening to the bush sounds of the night. The Thick-knees were calling as well as the Skops Owlet that we find in the jackal berry next to the fence.
All of a sudden, the motion sensor spotlight we have on the fence switched on. A young hyena took up centre stage in the middle of the spotlight. Quite possibly the one that made off with Stevens flip flop earlier in the week. The youngster walked right up to the gate. A gate, which had had a substantial gap under it up until the hyena made off with Steven’s shoe. After that Steven pulled the fence tighter and managed to get the left portion of the gate to close properly again, without a hyena crawl-space underneath.
Access denied!!! I could almost see the disappointment on the young hyena’s face as he stood there for a few minutes contemplating his next move. Then his attention turned to the trail camera that was on the front gate! It was just on hyena eye level! Both Steven and I were whispering: please don’t eat the camera, please don’t eat the camera… Thank goodness he left it alone after which Steven put it up out of hyena jaws way. (Losing two trail cameras to hyenas is more than enough, thank you very much!)
The past couple of days have been relatively quiet animal sightings wise. Of course, we had that stunning elephant herd come past, which is always a treat. Elephant days are good days! So this morning I thought it would be nice to get the footage from the Trail Cameras. Also to see if we caught the naughty hyena on camera.
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