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1 Warthog Fights off Leopard and 5 Hyenas

In this monumental struggle for survival, a warthog fights off a leopard and 5 hyenas and manages to escape to the safety of its burrow

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The odds are stacked against this warthog

1 Warthog fights off a leopard and 5 hyenas in this monumental struggle for survival. Video creator and fundraiser for Smile Foundation, Christopher Tosi, lucked out when he spotted a leopard on the S25, approximately 1km east of the S26 junction, in the Kruger National Park.

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Showcasing the “Jewel of South Africa” Chris has spent 86 days in Kruger and has managed to raise R8.6mil for Smile Foundation. He shares his story with LatestSightings.com:

“Concentrating hard and intent on finding a good sighting before reaching Crocodile Bridge, I was driving at 30km/h with all the windows open. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the unmistakable flash of a leopard’s tail and torso. I remember how tense everything about it was. Every muscle and fibre of the leopard was contracted.”

“A split second later, the screams of the warthog began.”


“An epic battle of tug-of-war ensued. Neither the leopard nor the hyena was letting go of the warthog, who continued to wail in agony.”

Leopard and hyena having a tug of war over the warthog

“When 3 more hyenas came charging in. Without hesitation, the leopard instantly gave up the warthog to protect itself from harm. The battle was not over. The warthog now had to defend itself against 4 hyenas, frothing at the mouth for blood.”

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“Eventually, it made it into the safety of its burrow but I can’t help but think that he had a long night to endure. It’s an incredible feat for 1 warthog to fight off a leopard and 5 hyenas!”

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