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Waterbuck with Broken Leg Survives Pack of Wild Dogs (Miracle Sighting)

Waterbuck with broken leg survives wild dogs
Waterbuck with broken leg survives wild dogs

What a miracle sighting! This was the moment a waterbuck with a broken leg survives a pack of wild dogs, that had an opportune moment to kill it. Instead, the predators just harassed the antelope and carried on with their day!

This was tinged on the Biyamiti weir near Afsaal in the Kruger National Park

Injured waterbuck in Kruger
Injured waterbuck in Kruger

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Waterbuck with Broken Leg Survives Pack of Wild Dogs (Miracle Sighting)
Wild dogs approaching waterbuck

The waterbuck was injured before any of the predators arrived. It is unclear how it obtained its injury.

Wildlife enthusiast Hanno and his 7-year-old son, Phoenix tell Latestsightings.com the story:

“We tried to avoid the Easter madness and headed to the S23 knowing looking for leopards. Halfway down S23 we heard of an injured buck at the weir and knew it was go-time. At the weir, we settled in for the inevitable.”

Wild dog in Kruger National Park
Wild dog in Kruger National Park

“We were joined by another car and I asked if they saw anything. Followed by a complete nonchalant reply: “Some wild dogs, heading this way”. Ten minutes later, the first group of apex predators appeared on the hill above the weir.”

Wild dogs approaching waterbuck
Wild dogs approaching waterbuck

“The wild dogs had arrived. In my mind, this waterbuck had no chance. We have had a number of excellent sightings, but this was to be the crowning moment of many trips to SA in the last two years.”

Waterbuck with Broken Leg Survives Pack of Wild Dogs (Miracle Sighting)
Wild dogs and waterbuck in Kruger National Park

“Wild dogs are merciless, so I calmly set my camera and started shooting, already thinking of how to explain (to his mother) exposing my son to the massacre. The wild dogs harassed the buck for about 5 minutes and then…just left. They moved up the river and disappeared.”

Antelope sensing predators
Antelope sensing predators

A visit from another predator

“A hyena then appeared on the road ahead but just ignored the buck. The hyena followed the dogs. In hindsight it makes sense now – the dogs looking back up the road over and over, whilst heckling the buck. They were obviously nervous.”

Waterbuck trying to escape wild dogs in Kruger National Park
Waterbuck trying to escape wild dogs in Kruger National Park

Why would the waterbuck have survived?

Waterbuck are known to have secretion glands in their skin which is foul-smelling. This is used as a defense mechanism – which might be why both the dogs and the hyena left the waterbuck alone.

Waterbuck with Broken Leg Survives Pack of Wild Dogs (Miracle Sighting)
Waterbuck with broken leg trying to get away

“Had this been a kill, it would have been my first. As it was, I don’t even know what to classify it as. In the past, I’ve seen a few hunt attempts, but this one was just weird. It was like aliens coming to earth, having a look and leaving without comment.”

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