A fox is forced to fight off two jackals when they surround the little fox. Will the fox’s sly ways save it, or will the jackals rip the fox apart?
Donovan Piketh found himself in the middle of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park watching this rare sight, and he shared the footage and story with LatestSightings.com.
“Driving on the sand-swept roads of the Kgalagadi is always exciting. The sheer density of predators in this vast landscape makes for some very intense game viewing. I was on my morning drive, searching for any signs of life, when I saw figures in the distance. The excitement grew. What could it be?”
“It was a pair of jackals, a very common sight in the Kgalagadi. However, this was no ordinary sighting. The jackals were not alone; they had successfully caught a little cape fox. The unlucky fox was perhaps caught returning to its burrow in the early hours of the morning when the jackals caught it.”
The Cape Fox is a small and interesting mammal with reddish-brown fur. It can survive in different environments and is good at hunting small animals and birds. Cape Foxes usually live alone but can be found communicating with other Cape Foxes.
“The fox obviously realized that there was no way it would be able to fight off the two jackals. So at this point, stuck between the jaws of two jackals, the fox tried playing dead. This worked for a second or two, but unfortunately for the fox, these jackals were alert.”
“After a short struggle, the jackals did the inevitable and killed the fox. It was hard to watch, but such is the circle of life. The tiny fox was ripped in two, and the jackals were able to feast. Finishing off the small fox in a matter of minutes!”
When asked about advice for others embarking on similar safari adventures, Donovan shared a simple yet profound insight: “Turn the car off and enjoy.” Sometimes, in our eagerness to capture every moment, we forget to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the present. Taking the time to appreciate the sights, sounds, and fragrances of the wilderness allows us to forge a deeper connection with nature.