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Written by: Janine Malan 

I was on a night drive in Namibia when I came across this unusual sighting. One does not expect to see a wildcat lying dead at the feet of a jackal – a mouse or a hare maybe, but not a wildcat. Predator had become prey, but how did this happen? 

jackal and wild cat
© Janine Malan

Unfortunately we did not witness the actions that led to the scene but as we got closer we saw the jackal was already starting to feed on its new found prey. The jackal was very wary of our presence and nervously picked up the cat and started to move towards shelter.

jackal and wild cat
© Janine Malan
jackal and wild cat
© Janine Malan

Needless to say we had a hearty discussion about what might have been the cause of the cats death. Did the jackal get a free meal or was it sly enough to make the kill itself? On our vehicle we all agreed that it was highly unlikely that the jackal killed the cat.

What do you think? Who killed the wildcat?

jackal and wild cat
© Janine Malan

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