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What Happened When Wild Dogs Went Head-To-Head With Hyenas Over Dinner?

The group of 21 adult dogs and seven pups were forced to defend a precious impala carcass after the hungry scavengers were challenged for the meal.

The fierce predators, named the Kanga Pack, carried out the coordinated hunt just meters away from a watching photographer. Alistair Swartz, 30, captured the dramatic scene at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Alistair said: “A few hyenas had been following the dogs the entire morning but had kept their distance. “One of the hyenas strayed a little too close for the pack’s liking and with no warning the dogs attacked.

“The noise and intensity of the attack were spine-chilling. “No sooner had the attack on the hyena finished, when a few dogs broke from the pack and locked on to an impala ram that was browsing towards the edge of the flood plain.

“The speed and coordination were truly incredible to watch. “The dogs pursued the impala to complete exhaustion. They then surrounded it and moved in for the kill. “Being on foot twenty meters from a pack of wild dogs killing an impala is an experience that not many people will ever get.

Alistair said: “After eating their fill, the adult dogs moved a little way from the kill and lay down to rest as the pups continued to feed. “Four of the hyenas rushed in and ripped the carcass away from the pups. “This sparked the rest of the pack into action as they rushed to the aid of the pups.

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