I had to get a little kick out of bed this morning, my back twisted up in a spasm last night and I was out for the count. Nevertheless, I found myself on route to check up on the Hyena cubs. It is very cold in the morning and I have a recently purchased a balaclava to shield my face from the icy cold wind. The balaclava has aided the coining of a new nickname – Safari Ninja, or “Sninja” for short.
I took it easy as not to injure my back any further and got a little side tracked at Sosigi Dam. The cloud above the water is magnified by the golden light of the rising sun and is a masterpiece of nature all on its own. I spent a little time around the dam even though there were no animals to be seen – except the intermittent bobbing eyes of the Hippo that have made it their new home.
Eventually, after taking the long way round, I pulled up into the ravine where the Hyena den is situated. Before I reached the den, six adult Hyenas had posted a road block, they regrouped and surrounded the car, but it seems they only wanting to taste my tyres (Yes, those tyres), luckily they didn’t suffer any injury. I would think that one sharp look from a Hyena would puncture those wafer thin sidewalls!
It was an absolute magical time spent watching them sporting around, playing with the cubs, and watching the cubs suckling their mother. I found it incredible how quickly the clan decided that we weren’t a threat and included us in their daily happenings. Even though these Hyenas are completely wild, they show many traits of domestic animals; for example, fighting over sticks, running in circles and chasing each other. The Hyenas made my day!