The rarest canid on the planet!
This animal was on the hunt for mole rats.
They wait for endless minutes
for the mole rats to surface.
This is the kind of prey they are after.
I think this is a Blick's Grass Rat.
But not sure - comments welcome.
It is unusual, in that it is a very specialized feeder of rodents (often mole rats) that are found on the high plateaus. Most other species of canids are more generalized feeders.
These photos that follow were all taken
through the bus window!
In the excitement, I didn't realize
the window was closed!
The chance of a lifetime blown away
by a moment of carelessness.
This was one of the highlights of the trip for me!
Threats include diseases from the domestic dog & increased human pressure of overgrazing the Ethiopian Wolves habitat. There is currently a vaccination program under way to inoculate wolves from canine distemper.
The Bale Mountains are just an amazing place
on this planet of ours!
Till the next time!