Chiri Chiri, the smartest dog in Africa Taken by Leopard

Our dear friend Chiri Chiri was sadly killed last week defending his boma from an attacking Leopard. The cat took 13 goats that night and brave Chiri went in to protect his flock. With one strike the Leopard put poor old Chiri down. To his yelps came another dog from the neighboring manyatta and that dog too was killed by the cat.
We always spoke about Chiri as the smartest dog in Africa because he would cross through miles and miles of lion and leopard country alone to come and see us. We would feed him a bit and give him any vet care should he need then he would say goodbye and return to a myriad of girlfriends back on the group ranch.
Chiri was a real hero and when Pirjo Itkonen, a reader of wildlifedirect came out to visit us Chiri stood guard outside her tent when lions were roaring close by. Pirjo was kind enough to leave Chiri with a food allowance when she left.
Anyway, Chiri we will miss you. rest in peace old friend. Below is a picture of Chiri and below that a picture of the Leopard that most likely got him ( we took it only day later not far from where Chriri was killed).


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  1. Pirjo
    Posted July 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this blog entry. Micael and I had a wonderful time at Tumaren and were very sad when you told us that Chiri Chiri was killed. He truly was a hero dog and had such a great character. I love big cats and am very worried about the numerous threats these species are facing, but as we got attached to Chiri Chiri we really didn’t want to hear these news..

  2. sauwah
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    i am surprised that the goat owners did not go after this or any leopard or even lion ( lions do get blamed at times for the crimes done by leopards, cheetahs and mostly hyanes ). this is one lucky leopard. better bomas. brave dog as you said. no more livestock raid i hope for the sake of this and other predators.

  3. Rebecca
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear this. But I hope the leopard isn’t persecuted for doing what comes naturally to him, in his own territory and home.

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