All day punctures!
It started off even before I left home, I had my first puncture. I had to repair it immediately in order to have a spare to travel with. Thankfully.
After running around hunting with the dogs for several hours this morning I drove over a sharp tree stump that burst the tyre. I’d only just changed it, driven 100m and another tyre was down. This time I didn’t have another spare. So it was Mark to the rescue……
By now the dogs had retired giving us the chance to head back home to doctor all our wounds.
Having got a late start on the dogs in the morning because of the puncture, we arrived and already several members had bloodstains on their faces. They continued south, still hunting with much enthusiasm. Several chases came up empty handed. But soon a young impala was taken down, I think, by the pups. It’s so hard to keep up with them on the hunt, but I got there just as this one went down.
Thinking them to duck into the Chiloveka River for the day, as they’d made this last kill on the banks, I was about to head off when they were off again heading south. And then the punctures.
With the long morning the dogs had and having covered quite some distance they seemed really tired and I didn’t expect them to be up to anything this afternoon after another really hot day.
Wrong again! They were active earlier than usual and still heading south when the chase was on. I eventually caught up with the alpha male and he’d killed a young impala. He fed in peace and left. We waited about half an hour till it got dark, and still nobody had returned to the carcass.
It seemed pointless waiting any longer especially as I was now desperate for my own supper. Thankfully I didn’t have to catch it!