Animals Video

By Luke Kenton


This is the bizarre moment a huge blue wildebeest fakes death to avoid a mauling from an alpha-male, before springing back into life and running away.

PIC BY TIENIE VAN WYK/CATERS NEWS

On the border of the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa, one wildebeest lays limp and lifeless by the side of a dusty road, while a rival towers over her, locking horns with the seemingly deceased bull.

Confused by the apparent demise of its counter-part, the huge-horned mammal pauses momentarily before attempting to prise its faking foe back to its feet one last time.

PIC BY TIENIE VAN WYK/CATERS NEWS

After unleashing several vicious jabbing combinations, staggeringly the formerly flat-lined female springs back into life, sprinting away from its attacker, with the aggressor following hot in pursuit.

Watching on in amazement, Tienie Van Wyk, an engineer from Brakpan, South Africa, said: “I spend a lot of time in and near the national parks and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

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“Usually the loser of a fight between these creatures will just get up and run away, but this one had a very interesting ‘play dead’ technique that really didn’t work.

“It was amazing to witness, I wonder how it learnt to react like that.

“I can safely say I’ve never seen anything like that in the wild before.”

PIC BY TIENIE VAN WYK/CATERS NEWS