A pack of wild dogs manage to catch 2 baby buffaloes during a stampede and a battle for survival ensues. This amazing sighting took place in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.
Wild dogs are often dubbed “piranhas on land” as they rip their prey to shreds, while it still tries to evade them. Despite being one of the most endangered predators in Africa, they are highly successful at hunting. Hunting as a pack, they exhaust their prey and start taking their prey apart as soon as the first member reaches the target.
Wild dogs do not commonly catch buffaloes
Wild dogs often finish their prey within minutes, as they also have predators and competition to avoid. Wild dogs are highly social animals, and each pack member gets a chance to feed. In this case, a pack of wild dogs hunts a buffalo calf shortly after taking down an impala.
The Chase is on!
42-Year-old safari guide Sebastian Sakala witnessed this unbelievable moment and shared the story with LatestSightings.com:
“We were on safari and spotted a pack of wild dogs hunting impala. Successfully having made a kill and they devoured their meal then they relaxed for a bit. They then set their eyes on a herd of buffalo, and the hunt was on again! They targeted a young calf, and as wild dogs do, started preying on their victim while it was still fighting for its life.”
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“The chase was amazing! Quite rare, as this was only my second in my career.”
“This was only my second time witnessing wild dogs hunting buffaloes. The wild dogs had managed to kill 2 buffalo calves. They proceeded to kill one after another. It’s becoming quite a habit for wild dogs to hunt buffalo nowadays.”
“My advice would be to always give animals space – in this case, give the dogs their space to hunt.”