Dear Hyenas of Wolhuter… Hi there! Before I start, I think an introduction might be in order. My name is Linda. I am married to the two-legged that lives at the Wolhuter Waterhole for a week at a time. I am sure you have seen him around. He always dresses in green and brings other two-leggeds to walk around your area and to show them all the animals.
We have met on a couple of occasions (I bumped into one of you while you were exploring the two-legged’s living arrangements around the waterhole on our side of the fence), but you might not remember.
Anyway, I am the one responsible for the strange looking boxes the one in green puts up on the tree at the waterhole. You know the boxes I am talking about: they are almost square, well camouflaged so one barely sees them, but they give out a faint light at night when you walk past them and they smell a bit like us two-leggeds.
Doesn’t ring a bell?
Well, you ATE TWO OF THEM!
How about now?
So I have a bit of a bone to pick with you! Pun intended!
Look, you might not understand what those strange looking boxes are doing there. So let me try and shed some light on that. See, us two-leggeds cannot see in the dark like you hyena’s can. Our eyes are just not the same as yours. We are naturally curious, a trait you can perhaps appreciate about us. So that box is there to see the things we can’t after the sun goes out. A whole new world opens up for us when we see what is on that box. We see animals that are sleeping when the sun is on, like Civets and Genets for example. And we get to see you! And we like that!
Can you imagine my horror when I found out that you chewed up my one box? I can only imagine it tasted horrible. And I really hoped the guilty party had learnt from the experience and shared the knowledge with the rest of the clan.
But no! The new box that was put up also got munched! This one even came in a metal container! And it wasn’t even mine! An apology to Paul and Susan Eslick is in order! So I was wondering… Are there teething problems in your clan? Do you just need a good chew toy? Or do us two-leggeds smell so vile that any trace scent of us needs to be annihilated? Please help me try and understand, because I really would like to continue watching the nightly goings on at the waterhole with one of those boxes. (A new one, obviously…)
I really hope now that you understand what the box is for; you will kindly leave it be. There are many other items out in the veld that you can chew on or to practise your incredible jaw power.
If the smell is the issue, I will try my best to make it smell a bit less like humans. A little birdy once told me citronella masks the smell of us quite well. An option I am totally prepared to try. If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.
Dear Hyenas of Wolhuter, I hope to see you around the waterhole again soon!
Wife of the one in green who goes on foot.
PS. I saw on the partially destroyed box that one in your clan is heavily pregnant! I wish her a good delivery and healthy pups! It would be great if I could see those on the box too.