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Lions being harassed by Hyenas

They have forever been mortal enemies and never shirk the chance of a confrontation if they feel that the numbers were in their favour.

This particular afternoon I left Nossob camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and made my way north, stopping at the first waterhole. I waited for 30mins and nothing moved in the searing heat. I decided to drive further north to the Kwang Waterhole, and parked up in the shade. I was the only vehicle there and I noticed 2 young male lions on a carcass. They were too far for the 500mm even with a 2x converter, so I just watched and waited.

Suddenly from the right, 7 Hyenas appeared and made a bee-line to the 2 males, with a lot of snarling and cackling from the Hyenas, the Lions took flight and headed towards the Waterhole and right into the reach of my camera.

 

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The first male left the hyenas and wandered on towards the waterhole. This is the second male, who was keen on seeing off the intruders

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Three of the Hyenas left the carcass and followed the first male. The other 4 carried on eating

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The first male turned around to face the 3 hyenas that were tailing him. Their nervous cackling continuing throughout

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

He was clearly not up for the fight and turned and continued walking

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Meanwhile the second male started stalk the hyenas that were now between him and his brother

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

They continued to follow the first male

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

With the male in full flight, the hyenas split up and ran.

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

With the pesky hyena off his tail, he calmly came to drink

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

As if nothing had happened

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Final check to make sure the Hyenas were not tailing them.


March 22, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Grant Atkinson - Nice story, especially enjoyed image no 4 from the top…
cheers
Grant

April 2, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Morkel Erasmus - Great sighting Wayne, gotta love it when the Kgalagadi works its magic. I also like the 4th image from the top the most.

April 2, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Wayne - Cheers for stopping by Grant. Kgalagadi is a spectacular place

April 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Wayne - Hey Morkel. It is a fantastic place. Cannot believe that I have only been once.

April 24, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Anette Mossbacher - You have been lucky. I have never been yet to the Kgalagadi yet. It is on the list for next year around Easter. Hope it works out.
I really do love your first and the second last image. Just wonderful.
Ciao Anette

April 25, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Wayne - Thanks Anette. Hope you make it.
it is truly a magical place and a haven for some of the best predators.

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