Battle Between Wild Dogs, Hippo & Impala

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Watch this action-filled sighting where a pack of wild dogs chase an impala into a small dam and tire it out while it’s fighting for its life. The desperate impala even tries to stand on the back of a hippo to escape the wild dogs. The relentless pack eventually pulls the impala out of the dam.
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The battle was captured by 42-year-old self-employed safari and trail guide, Chris Bates, while on safari with his family at Notten’s Bush Camp, in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park.
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Chris tells the story: “While following up on a wild dog sighting, we maneuvered through the bush trying to catch up with the dogs. We eventually found the pack after seeing a number of impala running through the bush from the waterhole.”

“When we arrived at the waterhole, we found the wild dogs standing on the sides, staring at what ended up being an impala in the water. From here, we witnessed the incredible strategy the dogs used to tire out the impala who even tried to escape by standing on a hippo that was in the middle of the dam – ultimately their strategy leads to a very quick ending for the impala.”

“After the hunt, a spotted hyena arrived and it was fascinating watching the interaction between the wild dog and the hyena. Anyone who arrived after us would have thought “nothing happening here”. A sighting to be remembered for a long time!”

“The sighting was a mix of emotions ranging from the excitement of the hunt to sympathy for the impala. This sighting is a good example of how quickly the unexpected can happen in the African bush. We were having a pretty uneventful drive which turned into a spectacle in a flash.”

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