Friday, 21 July 2017

The Cat Report: 14 July - 21 July

THANDI


Screenshot: Lily Brown

14 July
Thandi was getting her beauty sleep just off Twin Dams road, having covered a great distance the day before (when she was spotted on Torchwood).

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thandi.Leopard


HOSANA

Screenshot: Rick Horton

16 July
WE encountered Hosana in a tree with eyes wide and sniffing the air nervously. It seemed that he had been chased into the tree by the Styx pride resting nearby. He remained in the tree in a nervous state throughout the remainder of the sighting only relaxing toward the end of the sighting when WE left.

20 July
Hosana was playing tug of war over an impala kill with the male hyena No Tail. Another leopard, whom we suspect to be Thandi and whom the kill had originally belonged to,  slunk around in the thickets nearby.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Hosana.Male.Leopard


THAMBA

Screenshot: Lily Brown

21 July
WE went back to the site near Twin Dams where Hosana and the hyena had been sharing a meal and spotted two very skittish leopards. Both leopards looked were skittish, one we could positively identify as Thamba and the other we suspect to have been Thandi.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Thamba.Male.Leopard


VUTOMI

I hope your journey across the proverbial rainbow bridge was as peaceful as possible, young Vutomi - James Richard

20 July
With heavy hearts, WE took in the news of the death of Inkanyeni’s son Vutomi.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Vutomi.Male.Leopard


MVULA

Screenshot: M A

21 July
Mvula, who had been mobile through the night, was found lying down and giving himself
a good groom just east of Gowrie cutline.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Mvula.Leopard


BIRMINGHAM BOYS

Screenshot: Lily Brown

15 July
Surprising WE near the end of drive, one of the Birmingham Boys strolled along on the road and through the bushes, finally heading towards Sydney's dam.

16 July
WE had a brief sighting of Nhenha walking along Gowrie/Buffelshoek cutline looking hungry before disappearing into buffelshoek.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Birmingham.Male.Lions


STYX PRIDE

Screenshot: Lily Brown

16 July
When WE found the Styx pride, the cubs were lying in the long grass. Females were growling then going flat for the day. When WE encountered the pride again later the same day in a “lion pile”, the youngsters were grooming one another and playing by grabbing each other’s tails.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/styx.lions


LOWER SABI BREAKAWAY PACK OF WILD DOGS

Screenshot: Ann Animal Minnesota‏

19 July
WE kept up with two males and one female for as long as WE could on sunrise safari as they ran erratically through the bush with full bellies.

21 July
Again mobile, the breakaway pack looked like they were hunting, stopping to scent mark as WE followed hot on their heels.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/Lower.Sabie.Breakaway.Wild.Dogs


MUGORO PRIDE 

14 July
The pride was flat, relaxing in the long grass.


SAALAS PRIDE

14 July
Two lioness and their four cubs (one female, three males) appeared to be in a playful mood on the Mara. The cubs amused themselves in games with a young wildebeest that one of the lionesses had killed before becoming serious and tucking into the meal.


ANGAMA PRIDE

14 July
The new mother of the small cubs was found with one of them missing (the cub had not been seen for a few days now). She looked hungry and set out to find the rest of her pride but shortly returned to where she had left the tiny cubs.

15 July
A solitary lioness stalked an impala, biding her time and waiting for the opportune moment to strike. When the impala settled for the night, she pounced on her prey. The impala was too quick for her and managed to evade the hungry huntress. She rested for a while before starting to move again.

17 July
The pride was flat, the lionesses barely moving. No cubs were visible in the sighting.

18 july
The lionesses were lying out in the morning sun, with one female moving about before settling in the shade to escape the oncoming heat of the day.


NOTCH COALITION

Image credit: Laurel Craft

15 July
The males were mobile and showed some vague interest in nearby wildebeest but not enough to give chase.

21 July
Two of its members relaxed with the Purungat Pride whose cubs were playing. One tried to romance one of the lionesses but without success.


PURUNGAT PRIDE

15  July
One of the lionesses caught a very small wildebeest calf, which she carried to the rest of the pride being not very hungry herself after a successful night of hunting and feeding.

21 July
Purungat Pride was in the company with two of the Notch males, sleeping on as the cubs played and ignoring the attentions of one of the males.


UNIDENTIFIED CHEETAH

Screenshot: Lily Brown

17 July
Two young cheetahs (most probably having only recently separated from their mother) were spotted in the distance, walking through the marsh of the Mara.

17 july
An unknown male lay flat in the shade. It looked like he had fed earlier in the day.

21 July
Five male cheetahs, having been mobile and hungry all night, found a wildebeest herd just before dawn - successfully bringing one of the herds’ younger members down. They ate fast, leaving few scraps for scavenging hyena.


UNIDENTIFIED LIONS 

Screenshot: Lily Brown

17 July
Two males and one female were eating off a kill, circled by a clan of at least fifteen hyena.

19 july
An unknown pride was walking across the plains, led by a large and well-muscled lioness.

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