WATCH | Hyenas snatch impala from wild dogs - who stole the meal from a leopard
- Video of hyenas snatching an impala kill from wild dogs has been released by wildlife site Latest Sightings.
- The wild dogs, in turn, snatched the impala from a leopard, who made the initial kill.
- While all predators are opportunistic animals, wild dogs and hyenas are top of the food chain when it comes to seizing an opportunity to steal from other animals.
- Latest Sightings shares video captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.
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Video of hyenas snatching an impala kill from wild dogs – who in turn stole the meal from a leopard – has been released by popular website Latest Sightings.
Latest Sightings shares video captured by visitors to the Kruger Park.
The video was captured by Wayne Druian, who told LatesSightings that it was definitely “a once in a lifetime experience,” and “like hitting the game reserve sighting jackpot”.
While all predators are opportunistic animals, wild dogs and hyenas are top of the food chain when it comes to seizing an opportunity to steal from other animals.
Both are efficient hunters – wild dogs particularly so are known to be very successful hunters and rarely scavenge, while hyenas are dedicated scavengers and can get by without hunting if they have to.
Druian says he was heading out of camp when his party heard baboons sounding the alarm.
“We had just missed the actual catch but saw the rest of the Impala scatter, so we knew something was going on and that's when we spotted the leopard, dragging an Impala, with a Wild dog hot on its pursuit. The lone wild dog, who is one of a pack made up of 11 adults and 10 pups, was yapping as the leopard dragged the meal,” he says.
“The leopard managed to chase the wild dog off once while it called for the others and just before the leopard reached the tree to get its meal up to safety – away from the scavengers, the pack of wild dogs ran onto scene and scared the leopard into the tree, leaving the Impala on the ground. The Impala saw the opportunity and tried to make a run for it just before it was brought down again by the wild dogs!”
The dogs starting eating the impala, while two kept the leopard at bay – until two hyenas arrived on the scene, and quickly made their way through the wild dogs. “One hyena kept the wild dogs at bay while the other was enjoying the Impala all to itself until a third hyena also joined.
“The wild dogs returned every so often to see if they could win the meal back, but as the minutes passed, there was less and less left of the carcass,” Druian adds.
The leopard also eventually came down the tree and followed the hyenas to see if he could pick up any scraps but ended up with nothing, just watching from a distance.
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