Shortly after sunrise, at Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp in South Africa's Kruger National Park, I settled into my balcony chair with my rusk and a coffee and noticed a lone hyena on the horizon.
He wandered down the hillside to the watering hole and stopped momentarily to drink.
He looked around-as if to check that no one was watching-and proceeded to walk straight into the watering hole. Like a bird fluttering in a birdbath, he wiggled back and forth, giddy with excitement.
I couldn't help but smile as he ran out of the hole and galloped around before vanishing back over the horizon.
**I don't know if it's a he or she-hyenas are really hard to tell (but that's another story!)
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