Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Hyena at Bay

This is the dramatic moment a pack of wild dogs cornered a hyena – leaving him nowhere to run.

After being chased down to a river bank in Sabie Sand game reserve in South Africa, the hyena had its back against the wall.

Surrounded by the snarling canines, the chances of the hyena – who was fighting for his life – escaping unscathed looked bleak.

But not prepared to go down without a fight, the defiant hyena launched a valiant fight back.

Snarling in the face of his opponents, the hyena lashed out at the pack of dogs before events took an unexpected twist.

With the dogs breaking rank, the hyena made a break for the nearby river.

Remarkably, the dogs were too frightened of the water to follow the hyena in and eventually forfeited the fight; sloping off to find a new target to hunt for dinner.

Photographer Marc Mol, a 56-year-old Australian, captured the breathtaking scene on camera.

He said: “The cackling and laughing sounds of the hyena, coupled with the snarls of the dog squadron were amazing to watch.

“The scene had eight wild dogs terrorising a lone hyena and while normally encounters like this are very fleeting, this one lasted for ages.

“The hyena was trapped by high ground on one side and water on the other, with the dogs bearing in from all other angles.

“Eventually, the hyena thought it was better taking its chances with the gaping jaws of the hippo and sat it out in the water.

“Wild dogs have a massive fear of the water as they associate it with crocodiles, so they kept their distance and eventually got bored an slunk away to find something else to eat.”

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