We arrived at a dam in Kruger National Park in the middle of the morning to see that an old hyena was eating something in the water. We assumed that it must have been the remains of an animal that had passed away but we could not see very well – only the red colour of the meat.
The hyena was still busy trying to eat when a lioness suddenly appeared from under a water pipe beneath the road. The lioness walked up to the hyena, which had not yet realised her presence, and my heart was beating so fast as I was sure she was going to kill the hyena.
However, they gave each other a few looks and growls, then the hyena moved away and the lioness went into the water to retrieve some of the meat for herself before returning with it to the water pipe under the road.
The suspense of this sighting was intensified by the fact that the hyena seemed to have no idea that the lioness was coming up behind her! Both of these ladies have years of battle scars, and the hyena in particular was a bit worse for wear, with one blind eye and almost no teeth left. Survival is not always easy in the wild!