Before reading this post, be warned that there are some graphic photos.
|Sports Illustrated, a Happy Zebra subadult|
The last time I saw Sports Illustrated alive, we met while I was coming back from a solo obs session. He was napping in the road, and I stopped to see if he would make some room for me to pass. He looked at me for a second before getting up and walking towards me and past the car into the night. He came so close that I could have reached my hand out and touched him.
A week later, he was seen emaciated and staggering, barely able to move. Another week passed, and we found him dead.
We were headed to the new Happy Zebra communal den when we found two subadults; Sports Illustrated was dead and Walk the Plank (we just call him Plank) looked like he would be dead momentarily. Plank was tiny and fragile, and walked with the same staggering gait that we had seen in Sports Illustrated a week prior.
|Plank investigating Sports Illustrated's body|
Plank staggered over to Sports Illustrated and began to half-heartedly nibble at him for a few moments before collapsing nearby. When we got out to collect Sports Illustrated’s body, Plank was almost completely non-responsive to our presence.
We drove home to do the necropsy on Sports Illustrated with the knowledge that we may have to do another on Plank shortly.
|Plank half-heartedly chewing on Sports Illustrated|
It was a few weeks before we saw Plank again; he still looked terrible, but he was feeding on a topi carcass and seemed to have improved. He was even able to keep Higgs-Boson, a lower-ranking Happy Zebra subadult, from feeding.
|Plank feeds on a Topi carcass while|
Higgs-Boson waits his turn
Now Plank has once again become a regular visitor at the communal den. His growth has been significantly set back by his period of poor health, but he is fat and happy and appears to be on the path to recovery.
|Plank happily rolling in something stinky at the |
Happy Zebra communal den