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.
07h14:00 : 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.
08h04:00 : 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!