Winners Photography Awards 2010
Wild dogs and Sambar by S. Dhanwatey
Ruthless hunters, dholes or wild dogs Cuon alpinus are known to corner their prey and then attack them in packs to bring them down, which is the fate of this unfortunate sambar Cervus unicolor in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Like most other carnivores, dholes travel crosswind in search of prey to reduce the chances of being noticed. On spotting their quarry however, they change course and move upwind. While tigers and leopards use a killing bite, dholes either strangulate their prey, or cause it to bleed profusely. The prey often succumbs to shock after a series of wounds are inflicted on the snout, eyes or the rear end.