Waking Up with the Wildlife in Kenya

Warthog

I peel myself out of bed as the sun peeps up over the horizon. The dogs are stirring and the mere mention of a walk puts them into a frenzy.

We head out – the dogs’ noses close to the ground following all of the exciting scents to be found on the Kapiti Plains in Kenya.

I am on full alert as, at this moment, we are but three -two dogs and me! – amongst vast herds of wildlife. My eyes are scanning for warthogs. Notoriously they are very brave and defend their babies against any threats. They could be fatal to my dogs if they decided to chase them. At this time of year they all have strings of youngsters, tails standing erect like antennae as they run through the long grass. A tempting target for any dog!

We walk through large herds of wildebeest with their tan babies on spindly legs snugged up close to their mothers. They watch us without concern. It is still cool and the adults are playful, chasing each other around the thorn bushes with their ungainly strides. Watching them, I wonder with admiration how they manage to endure their long annual migration, —> Read More Here

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