Some 21 adult dogs and seven pups were foгсed to defeпd an impala сагсаѕѕ after the һᴜпɡгу scavengers сһаɩɩeпɡed for the meal

Some 21 adult dogs and seven pups were foгсed to defeпd an impala сагсаѕѕ after the һᴜпɡгу scavengers сһаɩɩeпɡed for the meal

Some 21 adult dogs and seven pups were forced to defend an impala carcass after the hungry scavengers challenged for the meal

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These incredible photos show what happened when a pack of wild dogs went head-to-head with ravenous hyenas over dinner.

The group of 21 adult dogs and seven pups were forced to defend a precious impala carcass after the hungry scavengers challenged for the meal.

The fierce predators, named the Kanga Pack, carried out the coordinated hunt just metres away from a watching photographer.

Alistair Swartz, 30, captured the dramatic scene at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Alistair said: “A few hyenas had been following the dogs the entire morning but had kept their distance.

“One of the hyenas strayed a little too close for the pack’s liking and with no warning the dogs attacked.

“The noise and intensity of the attack was spine chilling.

“No sooner had the attack on the hyena finished, when a few dogs broke from the pack and locked on to an impala ram that was browsing towards the edge of the flood plain.

“The speed and coordination was truly incredible to watch.

“The dogs pursued the impala to complete exhaustion. They then surrounded it and moved in for the kill.

“Being on foot twenty metres from a pack of wild dogs killing an impala is an experience that not many people will ever get.

“The ferocity and speed at which they consume the kill is a sight to behold.”

Alistair captured the sequence of events on foot – without the protection of a vehicle.

But the dramatic events of the day were not over as the hungry hyenas moved closer to the carcass.

Alistair said: “After eating their fill, the adult dogs moved a little way from the kill and lay down to rest as the pups continued to feed.

“Four of the hyenas rushed in and ripped the carcass away from the pups.

 

“This sparked the rest of the pack into action as they rushed to the aid of the pups.

“Three of the hyenas made an escape, but once again, the pack managed to single one out.

“After a sustained attack, the hyenas did manage to escape, although badly injured.”

 

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