In December 2019, camp manager at Ingwelala in the Greater Kruger National Park, Vicky Stephenson heard what she described as being, “strange hyena calls” coming from the riverbed.
“We quickly headed off to find out what was going on,” she told LatestSightings, adding, “Two hyenas were fighting in the river –fighting! One was the attacker and the other one trying to retreat.”
“We were all shocked as it was the first time any of us had seen such a vicious fight between hyenas. It was brutal to watch as the hyena being attacked was already badly injured and looked terrified, exhausted and in pain,” she said, explaining that she believed the fight was one over territory.
“After about 2 hours of on and off fighting, we saw the attacker and two others heading down the road towards the injured hyena, and at that stage, we knew that the hyena would not survive the last fight, so we decided to leave it in peace. We later found out from the office that the hyena had been killed after we left,” Stephenson said grimly.
Stephenson explained that the camp had decided to send their footage through to a wildlife expert, who explained that the four hyenas involved in the fight were all males.
“The young hyena (she could tell by the teeth) being attacked had probably recently left his clan to find another clan to join, as males will do to ensure genetic variation. The 3 males of this territory weren’t happy about it, which is something that happens from time to time,” she said.
WARNING: Nature at it’s harshest and difficult to watch for sensitive viewers.
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