We have been privileged to come upon numerous packs of Wild Dogs on safari. Seeing them anywhere in Africa is a rare event. Getting close to them is a real treat! They look and act so friendly! The first pack we saw in 2009 walked up beside our vehicle and laid down in the sandy dirt road. We turned off our motor and sat as they took a short rest.Their docile nature and unique appearance melted our hearts. Their dark eyes and large rounded ears were very distinctive. You feel like you can reach out and pet them. Your mind could envision taking one home as a pet. They seemed so tame and inviting! The truth is very different. They are vicious killers that often eat their prey, such as impala, while they are still alive.
Their distinctive blotchy coat is very beautiful! This endangered carnivore is called the “painted wolf” in Latin. They have three colors of black, white and tan and a fluffy tail with a white tip. When you look through the pack you discover that no one dog has the same pattern. Each is unique!
It is truly amazing to see a pack cooperating in the hunt for food. They all cooperate and share in the meal together. The picture shows them aggressively begging one another for a portion of the meal.
God’s handiwork is a great reminder of how we, as humans, are uniquely created in “His” big family. Each dog has a distinctive pattern in its coat that is like a fingerprint.
Each one of us is carefully and wonderfully created to reflect the image of God. Look around and see God’s creation today! See His image.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.