These hyenas at Kruger National Park were not to have the last laugh on this occasion after they picked on somebody two times their size, and with plenty of options to call for back-up.
Sensational footage captured by 19-year-old student Amber Soames show the moments after a wildebeest was killed, and the predators circled around her dead carcass. At first, things seemed pretty amiable, with the lion's share going to … well, the lion.
Lions vs Hyenas at Kruger Park
But then the hyenas got some ideas above their stations. They attempted to pick up a fight with their feline rival, realizing that they had numbers on their side. There were at least half a dozen critters trying to bite the lion's rear and attempting to take a chunk from his legs.
In scenes not witnessed since The Lion King, the cornered predator calls for help from her pride – within a minute, we see two other lions dashing to the scene. They pick up the pace and charge towards the once-confident hyenas, scaring them off.
The drama continues as the hunter becomes the hunted: the group of hyenas (well, it's actually a "cackle" of hyenas, but anyway …) then have to do their best to avoid the pursuit of narrowly the lions re-establish the natural balance.
How to take the perfect video at Kruger National Park:
Soames relayed every experience to the official Kruger National Park website, describing the thrill of what she observed. The university learner also shared some rad tips for visitors looking to capture their own breathtaking videos:
"I was excited as the suspense grew, I just knew that some sort of drama was going to unfold and I was so ready for it. For other visitors to the park, this is the only thing that has to be done. "
Will the hyenas learn to stay in their lane next time? Probably not. They saw an advantage and tried to take it. But when the tables turned, they flipped at a tremendous speed. Just stick to wildebeest as your main course from now on, guys.
Watch hyenas corner a Kruger lion here: