We were on a game drive our second morning in Alamana. Another car radioed us about a hyena stalking a mother and baby gazelle. We drove over.
From people in the first car, we later learned that the gazelles spotted a hyena stalking them, and the gazelles ran. The baby gazelle stumbled, and the hyena caught it.
We pulled up as the hyena caught the the baby gazelle. The baby gazelle is still holding its head up. The time of the photo is 8:00:35 am.
The mother tries to distract the hyena by running around the hyena. 8:00:37
A minute later, a second hyena is on the scene, and the baby gazelle is dead. 8:01:33
The aftermath is shown in this slide show. Warning: it’s predictable and not pretty.
In the final photo, the hyena is done with his meal. Note the red paws and mouth. The time is 8:04:59. Three and a half minutes from the initial photo biting the gazelle.
For those keeping track, the animals are a spotted hyena and two Thomson’s gazelles. From wikipedia, “Although long reputed to be cowardly scavengers, hyenas, especially spotted hyenas, kill as much as 95% of the food they eat.”
8:05 am on our third day on safari. What a way to start the day.