Guests at Mombo recently watched in amazement as a pack of 18 wild dogs chased and killed an impala. The noise and commotion – as well as the smell – attracted a nearby clan of spotted hyaena who were not going to let the wild dogs enjoy the kill without attempting to steal it away…
The hyaenas made a bold move and the wild dogs scattered in all directions, leaving the hyaena clan to enjoy the remains.
Having been deprived of their meal, the wild dogs continued to hunt and soon found an ideal victim – a lechwe ram at a nearby pan.
The wild dogs gave chase cornering the ram who used the water as a safety barrier as the wild dogs were hesitant to make their way into the water. The noise once again attracted the hyaena and again they took over charging into the water and successfully tackling the lechwe. It must be said that the hyaenas held the upper hand over the wild dogs and once again disproved their reputation of being exclusively ‘scavengers’.
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The tension on the vehicle started to ease as the outcome was now clear. Both wild dog and hyaena had fought hard in the tug-of-war of predator primacy, but ultimately the latter had come out as the victors. And while the scene was a brutal one, it demonstrated that a hard fight is sometimes the only way to ensure that you come out on top!
Kate grew up exploring the bushveld on her family rose farm, living among Nguni cattle, geese, warthogs, ostriches and horses. After completing an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, Kate began working at Wild magazine as a journalist and as the Digital Editor of the Wild Card website. Kate has travelled to destinations throughout southern Africa, enjoying the many rich offerings of our country. Her work at Wild magazine helped secure her next move to Londolozi Game Reserve where she worked in their Creative team managing online communications and assisting guests with their wildlife photography. Kate now lives in Johannesburg and is proud to be a part of Wilderness Safaris in her role as copywriter. “I am very excited to work for a company that makes such a huge difference to people’s lives and to the wild places throughout our incredibly beautiful and diverse continent.”