See These Antelope Hang on the Side of a Cliff To Get Away From Wild Dogs

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 28, 2023

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A klipspringer antelope standing on a rock
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When a predator is chasing prey, they often know that they will eventually be caught and have to fight. However, each animal species uses the skills that they have on hand to defend themselves against predators. Watch what these antelope do in the video at the top!

Antelope Sighting in Africa

The video at the top of this blog post takes us to Africa. The Latest Sightings YouTube page shared this video, which has received more than eight million views. Some of their top videos are of lions and giraffes fighting, lion cubs being killed, and fighting between a bird and a snake. They offer a short snippet of what happens in the video below.

“This is the moment wild dogs try to hunt down klipspringers cornered on the edge of a cliff. Will these antelopes and their hooves keep their cool?” 

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Wild Dogs Chasing Antelopes 

A pair of klipspringers looking over a boulder

Depending on their location, klipspringers come in various colors, but grey, yellow, and brown are the most common.

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As the video starts, we see a pack of wild dogs have surrounded this rock. Up on this rock, we see three klipspringers hanging on the side of it for dear life. Klipspringers are a tiny species of antelope. 

These predators had violently chased them. And they knew they had no chance of outrunning these dogs. So they ran up this rock and were on a ledge. Notice how the African wild dogs try to get to this prey from any angle. Some are on the ground, others at the top, and others on the side. 

At 52 seconds, we see one of the wild dogs try to slip down but quickly lose his footing and come back up. We know this predator tries again a few more times, but they finally realize this is impossible and take off. 

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) Facts

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) is of the family Bovidae. There are estimated to be over 90 species of antelope. Unlike the antelope (​​Bovidae), which has a variety of species that weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds, the klipspringer is very small. This antelope weighs 22-40 pounds and reaches up to 20 inches in height. 

These antelopes have very distinctive hooves that allow them to hook on quickly to the rocky slopes they will climb. They also can jump about 12 feet straight up! So, it doesn’t surprise us that these klipspringers were so far up and able to escape this pack of wild dogs so quickly. 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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