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Have just returned from a 3 week assignment to Sth Africa & Botswana where this amazing encounter between a lone hyena and a pack of 8 African wild dog occurred in the Sabie Sands GR.

Normally encounters like this are very fleeting, lasting just seconds, with the hyena running off quickly, but this situation was a little different, as the lone Hyena was trapped by the high bank and water with the wild dog flanking it on both sides.
The cackling/laughing sounds of the hyena coupled with the squalling squadron of wild dog was amazing.
At one stage the hyena viciously bit down on the neck of one wild dog and it let out a an almighty howl, the wild dog started to wear it down by continually biting his rear and it became a battle of attrition and "backs to the wall", eventually the hyena thought it was better taking his chances with the gaping jaws of a hippo and sat it out in the water.

Wild dog have an inherent fear of water if they know crocs are closeby, so they kept their distance and eventually got bored with it all and moved off to find other prey.

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Sabie Sands Game Reserve- South Africa.


What's most noticable about all of these images is the waving solid white tails from all the very excited wild dogs







































This wild dog let out an almighty yelp as the jaws from the hyena clamp down on it's neck!














I'd rather take my chances with a hippo.......thanks!














I love the look from ALL concerned here, even the hippo turns to my camera as if to say "what was that all about??"




Cheers
Marc























Dec 12, 2015 at 04:54 PM
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Oh, my. What an experience! Is there video anywhere?

Sue



Dec 12, 2015 at 05:26 PM
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Awesome set, the last one being my favorite with their attention on the hippo.

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Dec 12, 2015 at 05:32 PM
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Just amazing Marc...this is why I go back over and over for experiences like that....really well done!
Eric



Dec 12, 2015 at 06:45 PM
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The Hyena looks evil in photo #4.
Fantastic set!



Dec 12, 2015 at 07:00 PM
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That sequence was making me sweat, Marc. What an experience. Well done.
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Dec 12, 2015 at 07:16 PM
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excellent action set Marc


Dec 12, 2015 at 07:17 PM
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Holy Mouse, what a series, I can't even imagine how you felt after seeing this and even better getting to capture it. Bruce


Dec 12, 2015 at 07:34 PM
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Fabulous series!
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Dec 12, 2015 at 08:48 PM
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Very interesting set of images.


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Amazing! What a thrill it must have been to see this. Nice job of catching the action Marc.


Dec 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM
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An amazing set Marc. I'm glad you were there to see and capture it ~ Ron


Dec 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM
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Great action set, Marc.


Dec 13, 2015 at 12:36 AM
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Outstanding


Dec 13, 2015 at 01:02 AM
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Awesome documentation of this behavior, Marc especially from a celebrity.


Dec 13, 2015 at 01:44 AM
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Simply awesome.

We saw WD three times in our 10 day visit to Mala Mala (Sabie Sands) last year, but NOTHING like this. These are stunning. Congratulations on being there and not losing your cool.

Gene



Dec 13, 2015 at 02:05 AM
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Fantastic Mark. I wonder what that hipo was thinking as it watched.

Morris



Dec 13, 2015 at 02:18 AM
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Amazing series, that must have been awesome to witness. Thanks for sharing.

Heron



Dec 13, 2015 at 03:14 AM
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Excellent sequence, simply amazing.


Dec 13, 2015 at 03:32 AM
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Sensational action, and behavioral shots. Awesome stuff, Marc.

Ed



Dec 13, 2015 at 02:51 PM
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