WARNING: This blog post contains images depicting gruesome scenes of of violence, which you may find disturbing.
While on safari in Zambia I witnessed a pack of African Wild Dogs kill two Impalas. Some will find the photos unpleasant, so you may choose not to read on.
After a short time, the dogs pause from feeding to look for their pack-mates, with which to share the bounty:
The dogs, to our surprise, leave their fresh kill to the vultures. We follow.
The two Wild Dogs which had deserted their kill led us to two of their pack-mates, which had also killed an impala at about the same time:
They all shared in the feast:
Along came several hyenas, which quickly took over the meal:
The dogs have no choice but to abandon their hard-earned prey. So they leave the scene:
And the hyenas proceeded to consume the impala:
A subordinate hyena is left with the inedible scraps:
The subordinate hyena cautiously approaches the kill, but is rejected:
This hyena walks off with the bulk of the kill to a protected area, where it can feast in peace:
Another hyena returns to the scene, looking for any leftovers ...
And finds some limited success: