The African wild dog pretends to be dead in the teeth of a lioness: video
Everyone knows that opossums play dead to avoid danger. Wild dog used the same tactics, and it learned for the first time.
17 may 2019 14:16
The main bus station, an experienced guide Hwange national Park in Zimbabwe, was on one of the observation decks with their tourists. They watched intelligent and playful animals – African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), which recently completed a successful hunt for a Kudu and was resting in the shade. Near Calvet with his band was another car with tourists.
But not only the visitors to the Park watched the pack. Later she saw a lioness, one of the daughters of the infamous the lion Cecil. Now she takes care of her cubs and is in a national Park and something of a celebrity with all the interest her life.
Without thinking, the lion started to chase animals and soon caught one of the dogs. Caught in the jaws of the predator, the African wild dog motionless hanging in her teeth, not giving any signs of life. And then events took an unexpected for everyone (except, perhaps, themselves African wild dogs) turn.
A minute later attention of the “Queen of the Savannah” has attracted another dog, aggressively running around. Deciding to profit more and she, the lioness gave chase, dropping the first victim to the ground. The video can be seen as a moment later, then “killed” the beast quickly rises on his feet and runs away with the pack. The guide notes that he did not see such never in all the years of his work in the national Park.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the dog, skillfully played the role of a lifeless production, all right. Saw her a few days later alive and healthy. The clever beast was the alpha male of the pack, which is called Notch (Notch). Alpha female named Storm (Storm) is in the late stages of pregnancy, and the Park staff in Zimbabwe hope that soon the pack will be added regularly.
See how the mongoose pretending to be dead in front of the hornbills.