September 2014, again
There has been a fair amount of unexpected rain, and with the burning done by the parks staff, this has led to incredibly green swards. The gazelle and zebra have flocked to them, making Seronera in August look incongruously like the short grass plains in February.
The high density of prey was good for me because I was short on data on cheetah hunting behaviour in high prey density areas. Usually they are asleep in the long grass with not a gazelle to be seen. Recently, I was meandering around the short green grass of Boma kopjes when I found Cooper.
Cooper surveys the desolate emptiness of Boma Kopjes without Bradley
He contact called a bit, thought about chasing some gazelle, then lay down under a tree to sleep off the sadness. A bold black backed jackal came up to investigate. I was impressed as I have seen cheetahs chase jackals with much determination and joy. In fact they love to chase any of the carnivores that are smaller than them. I blame it on being in the middle of the pecking order, cheetahs have to duck and dive to avoid lions and hyenas, so they take out their frustration by chasing jackals, servals, and anything else that is small and furry.
I once watched Apollo do nothing about Bacchus’s bloody face for hours after eating. Hours I tell you!
However Cooper evidently couldn’t care less about the jackal, who having sniffed his full, wandered off.