3 piglets stepped on the wrong termite mound: 2 hyenas were sleeping on top of it, just outside their den. The show started: the piglets rushed away but the hyenas managed to keep them in check for a while, looked like they put themselves in a very bad situation...against all odds, suddenly the hyenas decided to let them go.
The most interesting thing about these hyenas of Duba Plains is that they actually shared their den with two adult warthogs. The entrance of the two dens ( they were probably separated underground ) were two holes on the surface of the mound, one right next to the other. It was easy to spot a warthog sleeping halfway out of his den, with the hyenas right next to him, protecting the entrance of their home, where they kept two adorable cubs. We saw one of the warthogs coming back to the den after sunset, stepping between the hyenas to reach the den. A quick glimpse and what seemed to be a nod was all that happened between them. Hyenas gave to these warthogs the status of neighbors, or friends, if we want to push it a little, while the wandering ones were seen like food. Such an unexpected behavior, such a impressive choice done by the hyenas, who also taught their cubs who is food and who is “friend”. Spectacular experience in Duba Plains, while enjoying the incredible experience and comforts of one of the best camps in Botswana, managed impeccably by Great Plains Conservation.
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