The video shows that three klipspringers and a pack of adult African wild dogs were having an encounter. Normally, antelopes can evade numerous packs of wild dogs thanks to their remarkable speed, but these animals were in trouble. The dog pack surrounded them on all sides and they were hemmed in by the cliff’s edge.
The sure-footed klipspringers are extremely sᴋɪʟʟed at maintaining balance on sloping rocks. In Afrikaans, their name means “rock jumping” and it is clear why. The klipspringers looked down at the dogs with contempt as they playfully leaped around at the base of the rock. Some of the other pack members had moved into position above the antelope in the meantime, but they were unable to make an ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ because their paws slipped around on the rocks.
The klipspringers watched the struggling dogs while confidently balancing at the edge of the precipice on their small hooves. There were 21 wild dogs in total, and they had been scavenging near the Mlowathi River for a week. The younger canines appeared to be attempting to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ the klipspringers, but the older and more experienced pack members appeared to be aware that this was useless and merely observed.
Maybe these cunning antelope knew they had the advantage? Maybe they’d done the same thing to avoid a group of dogs before. Whichever is true, you can’t help but appreciate both species’ tenacity and bravery. The klipspringers resist the urge to rush away and jump from the cliff, which may have caused harm and put them right in the path of the wild dogs waiting below. The majority of wild dogs, however, would not be willing to attempt to cross steep, treacherous rocks, but this pack did!
What happens next, then? The wild dogs finally gave up and left to ʜᴜɴᴛ for other prey after a protracted standoff. The fortunate little antelope descended from the rocks when it was safe to do so and lived to see another day in this breathtaking reserve.