Sometimes, when faced with an adversary far larger than you, teamwork is required.
In the case of these two monitor lizards, or leguaans, their partnership ended in success, but not without a crocodile putting up a decent fight first.
Filmed by Colin Pretorius, whilst sat at La Fera Restaurant at Ngwenya Lodge, which borders Kruger National Park, it all started when the crocodile laid her eggs in the soft riverbank sand.
More from Pretorius, who relayed his story to Latest Sightings:
“After the one monitor lizard was chased off some distance away from the eggs, a second one showed up with the same goal – to steal the eggs.”
“The crocodile tried to chase the lizards away for some time, but the monitors prevailed and got what they came for… Some fresh eggs in front of La Fera Restaurant.”
Not quite as brutal as a half-eaten impala trying to escape the clutches of a cheetah, but in the end, there was only one winner.
Around the one-minute mark, you can see the crocodile chasing the monitor lizards away, and then the successful egg capture from around the 2:50 mark:
Two weeks ago, Latest Sightings posted another hunt featuring an outnumbered target, although this time, not all of the predators were working in unison.
Rather, a tawny eagle and two black-backed jackals went after the same steenbok, with the footage captured by 33-year-old field guide, Shaun Etsebeth, on a small road just past Tshokwane:
“We were on a drive when we spotted a tawny eagle up in a tree. We stopped for a minute when the eagle suddenly dove and started chasing after a steenbok in the grass.”
“It was surprising enough to see the eagle hunt such large prey, and I was lucky to have been able to catch this on video – as the action was very short-lived. It wasn’t long before we noticed movement from another direction, when two black-backed jackals entered the frame out of nowhere!”
“Even though this was a short chase, and neither the jackals nor the eagle managed to catch the steenbok, this was a first-time sighting for me. The steenbok managed to outrun both predators and survived to live another day.”
The great escape:
With interprovincial travel now allowed, South Africans from across the country will be flocking to the likes of Kruger National Park, and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
If you’re one of them, I wish you sightings of a similar calibre.
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