Thanks so much everyone for your attempts to identify the carnivore in our last post. I think you are right about it being a wild dog, as the description that the livestock owner gave me also seems to fit with this. This is a very rare animal to find in this area. In fact, when I asked my friends from the same age group as me to help identify it, none of them were able to. We thought the species had been completely wiped out of the area in the last few years. Here are some photos of wild dogs taken in a different part of Kenya, for those of you who are not familiar with them.
The livestock owner is very angry, and says he will not tolerate another attack on his livestock. I am extremely excited that these wild dogs have been seen – I hope you are too! If you want to find out more about these amazing animals, why don’t you have a look at the Zimbabwe wild dogs project blog.