(hyenas rivalry over territory can become an ugly one at times,)

Vicky Stephenson, a area information and camp manager, heard extraordinary hyena calls from their camp in Ingwelala, Greater Kruger National Park, coming from thes now no


MORE AIMAL SIGHTINGS asked her to provide an explanation for the occasions of that day.


“When we heard the abnormal hyena calls, we quickly headed off to locate out what was once going on. Two hyenas have been in the river – combating it out! One used to be the dominant and the other one making an attempt to retreat.


“We were all shocked as it was once the first time any of us had considered such a vicious combat between hyenas. It was once harsh to watch as the hyena being struck was once already badly wounded and appeared exhausted and in pain. We felt obligated to watch though, as this was fascinating, specially being a subject guide and by no means having considered some thing like this before – though – not fine to watch.


“After about 2 hours of on and off fighting, we noticed the original dominant and two different hyenas heading down the road in the direction of the injured hyena, and at that stage, we knew that the hyena would not survive the final fight, so we determined to leave it in peace. We later discovered out from the office that the hyenas had finished the hyena off after we left.


“We despatched our pictures through to a hyena expert to find out what they thought should have been the motive for such a battle. She explained that the 4 hyenas involved have been all males. The young hyena (she could inform by the teeth) being pushed had probable recently left his clan to discover any other clan to join, as adult males will do to make sure genetic variation. The 3 men of this territory weren’t glad about it, which is some thing that takes place from time to time.


“This was the worst hyena come across I have ever seen. Usually, you get the ordinary scuffle at food, however in no way an excessive ongoing combat like this one. Even even though it’s in no way high-quality observing any animal in distress, it is nature, which always has a purpose, and if you can stomach it –it’s a sighting you will by no means overlook and likely by no means get to watch again! So take as many movies and photographs as possible, because it could be educational to others.”

Eunice Achieng

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