Wild Dog Pups Get Outwitted by a Clever Bird

Watch as a Hamerkop bird outsmarts a group of wild dog pups in a playful game of chase. 😂

Watch as a Hamerkop bird outsmarts a group of wild dog pups in a playful game of chase. 😂

This Hamerkop was not willing to give up its watering hole to a group of wild dog pups, so it just kept annoying them in an attempt to win its waterhole back.

Nic Nel, a professional ranger at MalaMala Private Game Reserve, captured this very cute interaction. He shared the adorable video and story with LatestSightings.com.

This Hamerkop was not willing to give up its watering hole to a group of wild dog pups, so it just kept annoying them in an attempt to win its waterhole back.
Nic Nel, a professional ranger at MalaMala Private Game Reserve, captured this very cute interaction. He shared the adorable video and story with LatestSightings.com.

“We had been following this pack of wild dogs as they were hunting through the early morning hours. But as soon as the heat started picking up, the wild dogs decided to find some shade and coolness close to a small mud wallow. However, this mud wallow was already occupied; a hamerkop bird was fishing for frogs and whatever it could get its beak on.”

“We had been following this pack of wild dogs as they were hunting through the early morning hours. But as soon as the heat started picking up, the wild dogs decided to find some shade and coolness close to a small mud wallow. However, this mud wallow was already occupied; a hamerkop bird was fishing for frogs and whatever it could get its beak on.”
“The adults had a quick drink and immediately went to lay in the shade. But the little pups had different ideas and wanted to play in the water. It was more mud than water, really, but that did not seem to bother them.”

“The adults had a quick drink and immediately went to lay in the shade. But the little pups had different ideas and wanted to play in the water. It was more mud than water, really, but that did not seem to bother them.”

“The hamerkop, who was trying so hard to be still and catch a frog off guard, now had no chance with all this playful commotion. So, that’s when the hamerkop decided that it was going to get its revenge on these young puppies. He was going to make a fool out of all of them by playing a game of chase with them!”

“The hamerkop, who was trying so hard to be still and catch a frog off guard, now had no chance with all this playful commotion. So, that’s when the hamerkop decided that it was going to get its revenge on these young puppies. He was going to make a fool out of all of them by playing a game of chase with them!”

The Hamerkop bird got its name from the Afrikaans and Dutch words “hamer” (hammer) and “kop” (head), thanks to its funny, hammer-shaped head. With its unique crest and long bill, this bird looks like it’s wearing a tiny hammer on its head!
“And so, the hamerkop, instead of just flying in one direction, began circling the mud wallow. It seemed as if the dogs enjoyed this game of chase. This lasted until they got dizzy from all the running in circles. It was just the most comical scene: three wild dogs all chasing a small bird around a mud wallow.”

“And so, the hamerkop, instead of just flying in one direction, began circling the mud wallow. It seemed as if the dogs enjoyed this game of chase. This lasted until they got dizzy from all the running in circles. It was just the most comical scene: three wild dogs all chasing a small bird around a mud wallow.”