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Hyena attack in a waterhole

Hyena attack in a waterhole

It is submerged beneath the water

During a recent game drive, two hyenas were spotted opposite a waterhole on the reserve. We stopped to observe them, and to see in which direction they were headed. A third hyena then appeared, and it was evident that the two we had originally found were not happy with its presence. They immediately gave chase, and the third hyena dashed into the water while the other two waited at its edge.

Two hyenas were spotted at the waterhole

 

The arrival of a third hyena was not welcome

 

The third hyena is chased into the waterhole

 

We drove a bit closer. At this point, the offending creature had left the safety of the water and all three animals were on the dam wall.  The two hyenas then started viciously attacking the third.

 

The third hyena emerges from the water

 

An attack is imminent

 

The hapless victim ran back into the waterhole, but this time the other two were not reluctant to follow and remained hot on its heels.

 

The attackers chases their victim into the water

 

The two aggressors each bit an ear, and appeared to trample the third under the water. You could hear the beast screaming in pain and fear as it resurfaced.

 

They relentlessly ambush the third

 

The hapless creature is defenceless

 

The aggressors continue unabated

 

It was only when a fourth hyena arrived that the two bullies pulled back and swam back to solid ground. They shook themselves off and circled around the new arrival. When the third hyena finally emerged from the water, both of its ears were bleeding. Thankfully though the massacre was over, and all four set off in different directions.

 

The poor victim’s ears are bitten

 

The bush playground is not always kind!

 

The attack continues

 

A fourth hyena arrives and the attack stops

 

The two bullies rush out of the water to confront the fourth animal

 

A formidable foe

 

Is it safe to come out?

 

The hyena is cleary injured around its ears

 

The fourth hyena thankfully escapes unscathed

 

Enough agression for the day

 

All four animals disperse

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