While exploring with his camera in Mata Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Joubert came across something really remarkable, if somewhat gruesome: Southern African Ground Squirrels feeding on the carcass of a Cape Turtle Dove. While it is doubtful the squirrels killed the dove and it isn’t clear how the dove succumbed (probably attacked by a raptor), Joubert captured some really fascinating behaviour, as none of the literature we consulted give any indication at all that ground squirrels will eat meat (other than an occasional hapless insect).
These photos were all taken by Joubert (who turns nine soon).
(Edit 08/08/2018 – The WILD Magazine also did a short piece about Joubert and these photos, have a read here)
(Edit 17/08/2018 – Joubert’s school shared his photos and Wild article on their facebook page: