Boat safaris are becoming more interesting these days. The Kabini river is gradually beginning to recede, and fresh green grass is slowly taking over the otherwise rocky and muddy banks. It is certainly a sight to behold.
One sunny afternoon, just a few days ago, I was fortunate enough to guide a few beautiful people on a boat safari at Orange County, Kabini. As we sailed across the village boundaries, we noticed significant movement on the banks ahead. A closer look revealed a pack of 3 wild dogs (Dholes) running to and fro, excitedly. As we neared the banks, we spotted an abandoned Sambar fawn standing in knee deep water. It was clear that the dogs were the cause of the current scenario. They had chased and separated the mother Sambar from its fawn. Seeking refuge, the fawn ran into the water. As we waited we could sense the dogs getting increasingly impatient. The dogs whistled, communicated among themselves, and returned to the thickets.
Watching the dogs move away, the fawn waded back into more shallow waters, and gradually onto land. For some reason the fawn looked like it was preparing for another escape, and all of a sudden, the dogs came back charging! The terrified fawn made a dash back into the river. Two dogs remained on the river bank, prepared to pursue the fawn, in case it made an escape, while the alpha male dhole jumped into the water, and latched onto the fawn’s neck.
The situation was progressively getting tense and graphic. As the plot thickened, a few overanxious guests stood up. This sudden movement alarmed the dogs, and they ran back into forest. After making sure that the coast was clear, the terrified fawn made a dash for the thickets, not to be seen again.