Nature is pretty amazing, especially when you are there to see it first hand. Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa was able to capture the amazing moment when a 1.7-ton hippopotamus saved an antelope from a pack of hyenas.
Pieter Van Wyk was quick to act when he decided to take pictures of this amazing moment.
Hyenas, or wild African dogs, live in packs and are actually quite social animals. They hunt together during the day. Their favorite choice of food? Antelopes.
Nature isn’t always pretty. Many animals must hunt for their food to survive.
A baby antelope faced a dangerous situation when he found himself facing off with a pack of hyenas.
The hyenas tried to catch the antelope. In this picture, you can see the hyenas bite his neck. Surprisingly, hyenas are especially strong. They are actually the strongest dog in the world!
Survival Wasn’t an Option
Three more hyenas joined in on the hunt. It didn’t look like this baby antelope was going to survive the attack. Until something amazing happened, that is.
Help from a Hippo
All of a sudden, a large hippo arrived on the scene. He charged at the hyenas attacking the antelope to try and scare them.
The large hippo successfully scared away the hyenas. They scattered away from the baby antelope. The antelope ran into the mud.
The antelope faced yet another scary situation. He was now stuck in the mud that he had just ran into.
Now that the baby antelope was stuck next to the giant hippo, what was going to happen next? He stared into the camera terrified.
Hippos are one of the most dangerous animals in the world. One may think that he wanted the antelope for himself. Instead, he walked away uninterested. The dogs, still standing on the banks, weren’t ready to give up.
Now that the hippo was leaving, two more dogs from the opposite side of the bank attacked the poor antelope. They tried to drag him from the mud, biting and tearing into him.
The hippo noticed the dogs and snapped at them quickly. They ran away, afraid for their lives.
More hyenas arrived at the scene. There were soon too many for the hippo to handle. The baby antelope may not make it out of there alive.
The hyenas tried one more time to catch the baby antelope even though the hippo was just a few feet away.
Wild animals are completely unpredictable. Sadly, the hippo decided that the antelope belonged to him and snapped down on the baby. With 1,821 pounds per square inch of force from a hippo’s jaw, the baby antelope didn’t stand a chance.
Left for the Dogs
Now uninterested in the dead antelope, the hippo left the carcass for the hyenas to pick on.
The hippo simply walked away after killing the antelope. It’s all very confusing. Wouldn’t he have wanted to eat the antelope? Why would he leave it for the hyenas after saving it once before?
Dinner is Served
Nature can be cruel. It isn’t always pretty or nice. However, nobody expected the hippo to kill the poor baby antelope.
At first, only a handful of hyenas were there to feast on their prey. Soon enough, more hyenas joined to get a piece of the antelope. It wouldn’t be long until they had to find their next meal, though. It’s just the circle of life.