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WATCH | Klipspringers in cliff-hanger stand-off with pack of wild dogs

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  • Rangers at MalaMala Game Reserve were witness to a tense stand-off between some antelope and a pack of wild dogs.
  • Their pointed hooves allow them to be agile on rocks - but still, their perch was precarious.
  • The cliff-hanger seems to have not been just a once-off.
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Footage of Klipspringers being cornered on a steep rock has been released by wildlife website Latest Sightings. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park. 

The dramatic stand-off was witnessed by rangers at MalaMala Game Reserve. MalaMala Game Reserve is one of the largest private Big Five game reserves in South Africa and covers 13 300ha.

It shares a 19km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park.

One of the rangers said he had actually witnessed the same Klipspringers go through the same ordeal with a different pack of wild dogs.  

11 things to know about Klipspringers and African wild dogs
  • The Klipspringer (‘rock jumper’ in Afrikaans) is a small African antelope that lives on rocky outcrops from the Cape of Good Hope to East Africa and into Ethiopia.
  • These small antelope live singly or in life-long monogamous relationships. 
  • Klipspringers have remarkable dense, coarse coats consisting of hollow hairs that rustle when shaken or touched. It helps to cushion their bodies from any abrasion from sharp rocks.
  • Klipspringers weigh only around 12kg, with the females being slightly larger than the males. Only males have horns.
  • Their hooves are very pointy, allowing them to be nimble and agile on rocks.
  • African wild dog packs have an 80% success rate when hunting, thanks to high levels of communication.
  • They generally live to the age of 11.
  • The African wild dog can run up to 70/kph.
  • These animals have incredible hearing, with muscles allowing its large rounded ears to swivel.
  • African wild dogs use abandoned underground warthog and porcupine dens to give birth in.
  • After a hunt African wild dogs will regurgitate meats for any pups in their litter.

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