Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

• entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

That could spell meeting with a pack of hyenas on the African savannah? Animals are not the most pleasant, so no good. And if that happens even at night, so hungry hyenas ...

One eccentric old man in Harare did this game is not for the faint-hearted tourists. Every day, a few hours after sunset, he goes straight for the outskirts of the city to meet with swarms of hungry hyenas with a basket of rotten meat and feeds them. First with a stick at arm's length, then just with the hands, but in the end and did smeleet offering chunks of meat out of his mouth. The same is sometimes repeated bold spectators, tourists and even locals who too often come to look at this "show"!

To see how he feeds hyenas, no need to buy a tour or to book a place in a number of spectators. Simply come to the place of feeding, take pictures, watch or even to take part, but then at the end to give the old man money on a new piece of meat ...

Having arrived in Harar, we could not miss such an unusual "entertainment". On the first evening, finding out where and how much is happening feeding, take a tuk-tuk and went to the night meeting with the hyenas ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

How and when the old man got the idea to feed the hyenas under the watchful and enthusiastic views of tourists, no one knows, but rumors of this fun gradually spread on the internet and now some are even specially go to Harar in order to see the feeding of hyenas with my own eyes. If such a desire will appear and you, remember where and what time to find this place. Lured to his place, and the old man, and the hyenas come around 8 pm when it gets dark much. Independently find it is not very easy, not knowing the city, but it is possible. If you are staying in a new city, you need to completely cross the old, get ip him through the gate at the end of the market and to turn off the cobblestones on the primer, leaving right off the main road. Then, without turning, drive about a kilometer towards the savannah and the road will lead directly to low-light or light machine headlights with tourists or lantern old place. But it is better not to tempt fate on a completely dark road and take a tuk-tuk, just to clarify, whether the driver knows the place of hyenas feeding and pay him 100 Birr for the way there and back, and wait until it's over.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

We just came at the very beginning, besides us there was another jeep with three foreigners who just arrived in Harar specifically to this "show". At first, everything is quite boring. The old man squats in the headlights or lamp poses a basket with meat and one known to him cries of hyenas begins to beckon.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

However, to call up a specific need not, flock had grown accustomed to the easy pickings, and every night waiting for him at this point, hungry eyes burning in the darkness. First, they do not dare to come close, checking the situation around, then gradually becoming bolder and getting closer ... The old man to hook a small twig meat and throws the meat a little, so that animals smeleli and came closer.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

Some very brave, do not hesitate to remove the meat directly from the rod in the hands of the old man.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

Seeing this, their relatives are becoming bolder stronger. Actually, it's amazing how many months the daily feeding here, they still do not trust, and every time behave like the first.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

A young assistant old man runs the risk of giving the meat with your hands.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

Making the next shot, I suddenly heard the breath in his backyard ... Hyena carefully examined me, crept from the side. It was somehow not on itself. Direct gaze she could not stand it, then removing the eyes to the side. But what kind of thoughts were in her mind - is unknown ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

From darkness approached and her other relatives. It's time to go back in the spot light, there safely. By the way, as soon as someone from tourists overlaps a light headlights jeep assistant old man immediately asked not to do so. Apparently, not without reason ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

The old man smeleet more, hyenas, too. At some point one of them came up behind him and become his front paws on his shoulders, sdergivaya because of the head piece of meat with the rod.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

confrontation between the two forces. Man subjugates nature ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

... and nature is still eludes man.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

I look at hyenas ... one would not say that, after all, they are quite unpleasant animals.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

Pictures of course, do not transmit sounds with which these animals ate and figured out who to take the next piece of meat.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

The first tourist dares to take a place beside the old man. Hyena frowns ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

But it does not give up meat ...

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

And then - "show" with hyenas Jumping back. The old man turns to them especially the back and lifts the meat on the twig above his shoulder. It is not known who is more afraid, hyena or he ... It seems like a hyena. It does this very timidly. But you can be sure that in the desert in the dark pack of hyenas will not fear you drop.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

One of the tourists, too smeleet and "gives" his hyena back. The old man controls. If suddenly there will be excess, he loses income, and, God forbid, zagremit in prison.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

All "view" lasts about 15 minutes the last piece of meat old man gives the hyenas are very reluctant, teasing them. After all, tourists only at this point are becoming bolder and want to try to do at least some photos of yourself on the background of the hyenas.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare

The last pieces of meat the old man throws on the sand, leaving the field feast.

Entertainment is not for the faint of heart: feeding of hyenas in Harare