Watch a Hyena Save a Warthog From a Leopard

Written by Opal
Published: October 31, 2022
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You never know what you’re getting into when you step into the wild. A shocking interaction happened between three wild animals and thanks to someone filming in the right place and right time, we’re able to witness it for ourselves. 

Let’s set the scene, starting with a sleeping warthog. Although warthogs can build tunnels or dens beneath rocks, they prefer to sleep and reproduce in abandoned aardvark dens. These include a tunnel that opens up into a sizable underground room that is perfect for refuge and for raising the young. A warthog family enters its den with the young going in first.

While this is often a safe place for these animals to stay, a hungry leopard has a different idea. The footage shows a leopard neck-deep into the entrance of the warthog den. These big animals do have a rather good appetite. They are solely carnivores and enjoy pursuing large prey since they require a lot of nourishment to keep them fed and energized. 

Most of the time, leopards like to consume medium-sized animals. In addition to other medium-sized species, they also like eating antelope, zebras, deer, warthogs, piglets, and primates. Leopards often ignore prey that is too large for one cat to handle because they are solitary hunters. 

Just as a warthog begins squealing from the dangers of the feline, a hyena comes out of nowhere and nips the cat on the backside! It’s like a scene out of The Lion King happening right in front of our eyes! 

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Most of the time, leopards like to consume medium-sized animals.

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An Unlikely Hero

Leopards can be killed by lions, gangs of hyenas, or painted dogs in Africa; tigers can do the same in Asia. Leopards go to tremendous measures to evade these predators by resting in trees, hunting at various times of day than their rivals, and frequently pursuing different prey.

It’s surprising that this lone hyena chose to attack such a ferocious cat. The leopard runs off and the hyena steps towards the warthog den. For a moment, you naturally wonder if the hyena wanted the warthog all to himself. 

Instead, the animal chases the leopard up a tree! It’s hard to say which animal would win if they went head-to-head. They both are incredibly strong and powerful creatures. Either way, we’re glad the warthog is safe in this scenario! 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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