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One morning, at 06:00 in the bush; alarm was raised by mr Egyptian Goose. See center picture.  On investigation, I saw mr Hyena on the other side of their pond, lurking behind a small bush, drooling on account of the Goose family - mom, dad and 8 downy young. The pictures go clockwise from upper left.


Mr Hyena saw a route, around the bigger bush, and then a narrower part of the pond, where he should be able to cross, without getting his ears wet. On the other side of the bush, he met mr Gnu (a blue wildebeest - you have seen them in the stampede scene of Lion King), who didn't say a lot, but kept on walking towards mr Hyena in an unnerving manner. Mr Gnu didn't allow mr Hyena to get arround him and herded the carnivore for some 100 meters, before charging.


For three days, we saw the hyena trying for the geese off and on. Everytime mr Goose raises the alarm, some animal came to the rescue. Elephants, buffalo and giraffes helped out. Only the rhino remained surly as always, displaying a mind your own business attitude. I think by the last day and after 12 hours of no sighting, it was safe to say that the hyena lost interest.


Unfortunately, it was not possible to have one shot, with everything included. If it was possible, a video would have been better than pictures, anyway.


In the past, I have often wondered how vulnerable animals, like the geese, manage to reach adulthood in the wild. Well, this proved to be one way.



comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Oct 2016, 01:01
Love this montage and anecdote, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Ray. Some early morning experience.
Quelle belle présentation ! Les oies sont très belles.
Louis: Merci bièn, Martine.
Amazing story Louis. I love the bottom right picture where Mr Gnu is leaving Mr Hyena in no doubt
Louis: Heh, looking him straight in the eye. Thanks Bill.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Oct 2016, 04:50
Amazing story indeed, amazing how the world of animals 'works'... and survives and the weaker will be taken.. Fabulous collage!!!
Louis: You know, gnu's are attacked by hyenas sometimes. I think this gnu was quite brave, using his larger size to effect, although there is not really serious harm that he can do to the hyena.
What a wonderful story, Louis! I have a book about animals of different species taking care of one another. It's amazing - we don't give them enough credit.
Louis: Nature is full of all kinds of stories, Elizabeth. That is why I like close encounters on the wild side.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2016, 06:25
A splendid study of life in the raw Louis. Hyenas are horrible things..
Louis: Cuddly when they are young and later-on they are smelly and fly-infested. Thank you Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Oct 2016, 07:05
a wonderful montage! I find your descriptions very interesting.
Louis: Thank you Philine.
So, the food chain takes care of itself, then, Louis?? What a great story!
Louis: Sometimes food refuses to be food ... yet.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2016, 09:42
Amazing pictures and tale, I would never have thought one species would look out for another especially when they might get a nasty bite for their trouble. I guess they all know hyenas are cowards deep down.
Louis: I am not sure about them being cowards. Just cautious. I am pretty sure that animals in the wild are very aware of their vulnerability when they pick up a serious injury. Even antelopes rattling horns, don't really get into it. So, by first instinct, they will shy away. But maybe, that is just another description of a coward smile
I'm a Gnu, how do you do - as the song went Louis.
Louis: I'm a Ganu - yes, I know it smile
A brilliant presentation Louis but the story is what I really enjoyed reading.
Louis: Thank you Brian, glad you enjoyed it.
I think you did a great job with this. Presentation top marks and the best is yet to come, your story about friends and neighbours. Likey!
Louis: Thank you Mary. I thought the plight of the Egyptian Geese is a special story and it seems to be the case.
i enjoyed your story of how the Egyptian Geese managed to raise their young ones in the bush for so long Louis... they raise the alarm and their friends come to their rescue...
i love the collage with the blue wildebeest chasing of the hyena...
i don't need pictures to imagine the the protection that the geese got from the other animals....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. All the other rescues I have seen, followed the same pattern.
Great story, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Tom
excellent collage, Louis. i like the sequence.
Louis: Thank you Ayush - appreciated.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Oct 2016, 06:40
How fortunate you were able to watch this story happening for three days - I bet this isn't known in natural history circles
Louis: Fortunate indeed, thank you Lisl. The case of one species helping another (not symbiotic) is well known. Elizabeth Buckalew says she has a book on the subject. I know that one can't rely on a certain species always helping another certain species. Example: there is a famous video of an impala saved from the crocodiles by a hippo. Then I know of the case where an impala under threat from crocodiles, was savagely killed by a hippo (definitely no accident).

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