The rains threatened and then fell just to the west of the Chiredzi River outside the reserve. And so the dry spell continues, although thunderstorms are again forecast for tomorrow.
The dogs were working on their tried and tested hunting method along the fence line again this morning but were without success and as the temperatures rocketed again so retreated into the shade with empty tummies.
The cloud cover from the imminent storm cooled things down a little and that’s when the tortoise made his daring dash for the water. The only adult dog to show it any attention was One-eye. A short glance was all he could manage.
For the pups this was a very strange being.
Why wasn’t it running away from them?
Why didn’t it attack them?
What was this very strange being?
And while they were trying to figure it out the tortoise had gained enough confidence to approach them. This was too much for the pups and had them scattering before gaining their composure to advance gingerly on the tortoise again. But they left him/her to wander on in search of grazing.