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

Lion-hyena-Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park

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.

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