Dholes are among my top favourite predators in the world ! There are so intelligent, good looking and charismatic…almost always up to some action !
I came across this beautiful pack one summer morning in Mukki. We first saw them sitting on the track..there were 15 of them…with 7-8 sub-adults, which were so cute and shy!!
This Alpha male came up very close to us..stretched it’s body and muscles…before setting off for a hunt…
Just look at it’s beautiful brick-red coloured coat..with a lot of white…in the lovely early morning light…I did not notice so much white in the Dholes of Nagarahole-Bandipur, which is one good habitat for them.
They set off on a hunt ! In fact, we later saw the adults giving a high-speed chase and corner a Chital Stag…the actual kill we could not see as they moved into an area behind some rocks and bush on the edge of a meadow. Sadly, these amazing predators are getting increasingly rare..Kanha used to have a good population…now we do not see them often.