Watch: Incredible Battle Between Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Hippos & 2 Impalas
A pack of hunting wild dogs clash with hippos and hyena in there quest for an Impala kill in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which is open to South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Watch the incredible scene playout:
It’s a lot to take in, but two events are of particular note.
One being the unfortunate end to the little impala’s fight for survival. Near the end of the video (skip to 4:26) the disgruntled hippo had had enough, clamping down on the impala and tossing it into the air.
Suddenly, the Hippo flung the impala into the air, leaving everyone on the vehicle in shock.
Field guide Francois Pienaar
The second is the wild dogs’ commitment to getting hold of the little impala, one going as far as swimming into the water to try and retrieve it and nearly meeting its end at the jaws of the hippo (skip to 3:26).
There’s a lot going on in the video! So we turn to two witness accounts for the details:
“When we saw the little impala in the water, there was a buzz of excitement at the prospect of seeing a successful chase go down, but my heart did break watching it desperately looking for an exit strategy,” said videographer and photographer Rogan Roams from Africa On Foot.
Surprisingly, the wild dog’s meal doesn’t end up being the impala in the water, but rather a different impala at the waters edge (skip to 1:52).
Francois Pienaar, a field guide who was also there said, “On the banks, we saw another impala trying to hide from the dogs and when she was finally noticed, she jumped into the water, trying to escape the predators.”
Rogan Roams then describes the end of the little impala’s brave efforts to survive, “Out of nowhere, a huge hippo lunged himself out of the still waters, with jaws clamping down onto the poor impala, taking it out instantly!! The wild dogs were just as surprised, and for a while, they did not realize that their attempt will no longer be victorious.”
“The sighting finally ended off with dozens of defeated dogs! They watched the water calm to a still and then disappeared into the bush in search of another breakfast opportunity. Not forgetting that at least they had managed to catch one other impala in the process.”