WATCH: Wild dogs eat impala alive - not for sensitive viewers


Cape Town - Nature can be cruel. And if you don't believe us, just have a look at the footage below showing a pack of wild dogs devouring an impala ewe that's still alive. 

It's macabre, but as the guide mentions, the behaviour is typical of a pack of dogs hunting. 

Unlike cats, which kill prey first by snatching them by the throats to cut off air supply and puncture major arteries, dogs will start eating prey as soon as possible. 

While some dogs are dragging the antelope by neck, the rest of the pack already start tearing away at the impala's hind legs. 

It's agonising to watch, but this is a perfect example of the circle of life in nature. 

WARNING: This is not for sensitive viewers SEE: Wild Dogs devour impala alive



While impala are abundant in the country, there are less than 450 African Wild Dogs left in the wild. 

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Less than 450 African Wild Dogs left in SA

A number which dropped again recently following the death of an entire pack of endangered African Wild Dogs, due to canine distemper

The video above was captured by David Beverley in Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West province right on the border between Botswana and South Africa, and uploaded to the Latest Sightings app. 

The latter has been in the spotlight recently, following SANParks' announcement to curtail the use of apps in the Kruger in a bid to spare the lives of animals. Although the park managers admit that policing the use of apps in the Park, they say they will reply on 'sensible consideration' from visitors. 


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