Kudu and Hyena Stand-off

sized_Etosha 22-29 July_2013_01635 In a demonstration of total self-control and calm while experiencing life-threatening pressure, an adult Kudu bull walked away with both his pride and life unscathed after surviving an attack by as many as 20 Spotted Hyenas.

sized_Etosha 22-29 July_2013_0170407h14:00 : The kudu bull stands motionless in very cold winter water surrounded by a pack of hyenas.

08h03:56 : A very stiff Kudu bull emerges from the water and strolls away after most of the hyenas have lost interest.

Suddenly a few younger hyenas recognise that the Kudu’s normal agility has been compromised. Without necessarily knowing whether stiffness, shock or injury caused the impairment, they once more resume the chase.

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sized_Etosha 22-29 July_2013_0178308h04:00 : Instead of running away from his pursuers, the Kudu bull realises that there are as yet no hyenas between him and the water. He then made what I thought was a disastrous decision and ran back into the sanctuary of the water.

 

For the next four minutes a group of thirsty Zebras, spooked by the large number of hyenas as they approached the water, exploded into a confusion of advance and retreat. But with more and more Zebras approaching, the powerful Zebra stallions started to pressurise the hyenas into moving away from the water. Clearly no match for Zebra stallions in daylight, the Spotted Hyenas eventually capitulated and slunk away, allowing the Kudu bull to exit the water and walk away calmly as if nothing had happened.

And the time? 09h07:55!

 

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  1. Hallo Lou,
    Dit was aangenaam om gister daar by Woodlands te ontmoet. Ek deel jou belangstelling en daar is heelwat raakvlakke. Sal baie graag weer wil ontmoet en meer gesels!

    Hierdie koedoe/hiëna insident herinner my aan iets baie soortgelyks wat ek in 1997 in Hwange by ‘n pannetjie gesien het. Ek het net 2 fotos en dit was sommer met ‘n Pentax Espio mik-en-druk op kleurfilm…sommer as deel van vakansie/gesinsfotos. Ongelukkig swak kwaliteit, maar die herinnering is baie baie helder!

    Ek het destyds gekwalifiseer as ‘n dierkundige met baie groot belangstelling in soogdiere en voëls se gedragsekologie. Ek kon dus onmiddelik aan die koedoebul se houding en postuur sien daar is groot fout, sonder dat enige hiëna in sig was. Na ‘n ruk het ek die eerste hiënas opgemerk. Dit was later duidelik dat daar ‘n baie besliste stel lokvalle gestel was, en dis dinamies verander om die koedoe ‘n “ontvlugtingskanaal’ te bied, maar elke keer met 2-3 versteekte hiënas wat die weg versper. Die koedoebul was egter te uitgeslape, en het ook amper 2 ure later ongedeerd weg gestap!

    • Jehan thank you for the chat at my exhibition yesterday and thank you for telling your story.There are some days when I really think that Kudu’s are really smart but I once witnessed a small herd of kudu walking straight to a lioness. If it was not for a bee that stung the lioness at avery critical moment and made her to jump up right in front of the kudus a kudu would have been lions breakfast for sure! Regards Lou

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