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This really is an amazing story. Seeing interspecific cooperation at this level is a fairly unique (though not entirely unheard of) phenomenon. Normally something like this is parasitic or commensalistic at best, but from your description, it sounds as if the jackals are exhibiting a mutualistic behavior. I have yet to see wild dogs in Africa, so your wildlife photo-essay is really fueling my need to see Botswana or South Africa where their populations appear to be thriving.
Your words and images were definitely worth more than 5 minutes of my attention!
Hi Bruce...I had read about this wild dog prior to my trip and was hoping to catch a glimpse of it. And while I didn't get to see a kill and the sharing of food that goes along with it, following along on a hunt was really fun. The jackals, interesting enough, are still a bit wary as they wouldn't let the dog get close to the pups while they were in the den...some yelps, nips and the dog got the message. It would sit 30 or so meters away but as soon as it got up to hunt the male jackal would tag along...fascinating, really fascinating. And even more so that the dog has this relationship with two different jackal families. So glad you liked the story and pix.