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African wild dogs are not the cute cuddly dogs we all know and love. These guys have the highest successful kill ratio of all predators. They will run prey to exhaustion and a pack will finish off a couple of hundred pound antelope in under 30 minutes. Unfortunately they are very susceptible to diseases such as rabies and canine distemper. Like other predators that are stressed by loss of habitat these beautiful creatures are affected as their territory shrinks.
I have had the good fortune to see these guys on two occasions but never on the hunt....one day.
Eric
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Mar 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
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Hmmm, looks to me like he is wanting you to pet him Eric...hehe
Great look you got there, interesting color to the Sand/dirt like the image a lot
Larry



Mar 20, 2012 at 04:43 AM
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Looks like he is wondering how far you can run
Nice shot, and beautiful lighting.

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Mar 20, 2012 at 04:52 AM
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eric nice shot. I just saw a documentary on these amazing survivors. a whole 21 pack was destroyed by rabies. only one survived. just the way of nature


Mar 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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YIKES!!!


Mar 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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Eric- a combination of luck and skill has given you the honor of seeing these amazing creatures.
For me, TV is it, and they have to use fast Land Rovers and helicopters to follow a hunt.
This guy looks quite peaceful and amazingly tolerant of your presence. Your guide (?) must have known a good deal about how close to approach these animals.
And, oh, an excellent image- of course .
Charlie



Mar 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
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Great info Eric and an even better shot. He posses a demonic combination charm and fierceness. The idea of a pack of these guys chasing one down is absolutely terrifying. Lucky you for getting the opportunity to photograph this guy. Very well done!

Tim



Mar 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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Very nice, Eric.
You captured him in great light. He almost looks peaceful.
Chris



Mar 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
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it's a great shot Eric


Mar 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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Well done Eric - gritty ~ Ron


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An healthy looking specimen, Eric, captured in a beautiful light and with fine detail
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Mar 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
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nice up close and personal
these dogs have the best camo of all the dogs
Hai



Mar 21, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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not easy to find these dogs anymore, I would love to follow them for a week or 2 some day., then come home and do a book! Really nice shot Eric.




Mar 21, 2012 at 02:52 AM
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Thank you everyone. Watching these dogs interact amongst themselves is amazing. There is a S. African filmmaker that used to do a daily or weekly 3 minute video blog from a game reserve in Zimbabwe. He had a denning pack of wild dogs that he followed almost from birth. They started showing signs of rabies and almost all died. He was able to dart and immunize a couple of the survivors....it was rather hard watching the abnormal behavior of these animals as they got sicker and eventually died. They would pass on the disease to one another by their licking of the face that is part of their grooming behavior. It is easy to see why whole packs are wiped out in a matter of weeks.
Eric



Mar 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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Awesome shot with some incredible lighting Eric!!!.....


Mar 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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You got a peaceful look from a vicious competitor Eric, kinda shows a soft side of theser hunters. Love those eyes man!

Karl



Mar 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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I think he was wondering how you would taste, but not hungery enough to bother.

Wonderful image.

Tony



Mar 21, 2012 at 05:59 PM
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It looks like he wants you to take him home Eric
Nice capture.
David



Mar 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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BearCreekLar wrote:
Hmmm, looks to me like he is wanting you to pet him Eric...hehe
Great look you got there, interesting color to the Sand/dirt like the image a lot
Larry

Thanks so much Larry. I would love to have a little wild dog puppy...but the neighbors would complain about the impala poop.
Eric



Mar 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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gsmani wrote:
eric nice shot. I just saw a documentary on these amazing survivors. a whole 21 pack was destroyed by rabies. only one survived. just the way of nature

Yes, they are very vulnerable to disease wiping out a whole pack. I guess that's the downside to being such social animals.
Eric



Mar 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM
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