Khayeni had obviously gone walk about last night after we had left her because this evening I found her resting way down to the south west of Khayeni.
With a new moon in the sky, she only got active after it had sunk below the horizon. I’m not sure if this was her intention so she could be sure to hunt at the darkest time of night.
She hunted north into the open and was successful in bringing down a young female impala. She fed, but not the little snack she usually has. This time she pigged out on the impala and almost had a stomach the size of a hyaena’s. Now that says something.
Initially she dragged the carcass about 50m and fed. But having finished she didn’t both to conceal it in any way and left it just where it was. She moved about 300m away to rest.
Just before dawn she fed again, still leaving the carcass in the same place and rested up in the thickets.
We left her and went towards Nhoro pan where hyaenas had been calling for a while, as I’m still hoping to find their den. We waited for the next call and homed in on it. No joy. Homed in on the next one, and next and next and the only hyaena we found was at the pan.
As daylight cast itself over us the hyaenas went quiet.
I took a casual drive down the Chiredzi River just hoping to find something different.
Then to Hwata and Banyini pans but still being relatively early, it was quiet except for the usual plains game on Banyini.