Hyena Has An Almost Fatal Encounter With A Baboon

NewsflarePublished: September 28, 2017187,345 viewsVirality: 5%
Published: September 28, 2017

When it comes to showdowns in the wild, attitude seems to trump over size more often than not. A perfect example is this short-but-sweet footage of a super-confident baboon throwing off a spotted hyena!

A group of tourists had been filming this lone spotted hyena padding down a road in South Africa's Kruger National Park, when something intriguing caught the carnivore’s attention in the bushes. The canid stepped cautiously onto the grassy shoulder and then went tearing away in the opposite direction, tail between its legs, with a bellowing chacma baboon close on its heels.

Come again?

That’s right, it is a classic case of halting inquisitiveness met with immediate, full-bore, don't-mess-with-me 'tude.

It should come as a surprise thought, as hyenas are a potential threat to these apes: one African review suggests that they were the third most significant predator of the "dog-headed" monkeys, just behind lions and leopards. A lone baboon may be a petty target for a whole clan of these laughing predators, but a lone beast like this one might have an opportunistic go at it.

Well, maybe not like this one, because this Kruger National Park native sure showed some pluck in facing this mutt!

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      DavidMcNab · 6 weeks ago

      I missed the "almost fatal" part.