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Jackals v Vultures
Based on these great pics from Shenzi, we should have a seperate Jackals v Vultures thread!

(04-13-2019, 05:23 AM)Shenzi Wrote: Jackal kills vulture 

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Vulture pictured fighting jackal for wildebeest
The moment a giant vulture fought off more than 30 other birds and a jackal to eat a wildebeest has been caught on camera in a series of stunning pictures.

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A hungry jackal got more than he bargained for when an enormous Lappet-faced vulture with a 12ft wingspan interrupted his meal in the Serengeti in Tanzania. Photo: BNPS

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The scenes were captured as the Lappet-faced vulture with a 12ft wingspan took control of the dead animal.
The jackal even got the bird of prey's talons in its back as it attempted to pick off some meat.
The other birds and scavengers waited until the huge vulture had flown off before they returned.
Robert Fuller, a British photographer, shot the scenes in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
The 36-year-old was returning from taking photos of the wildebeest migration and cheetah cubs when he spotted dozens of vultures picking over a carcase.
He set up his camera and recorded the carnivorous squabble that followed.
There were over 30 smaller Rüppell's griffon vultures feasting when their enormous counterpart arrived.
It scared them off and then attacked the jackal before returning and eating.
Mr Fuller, from Thixendale, North Yorks, said: "A colleague and I had been photographing a cheetah and her six cubs and were returning when we saw the wildebeest.
"Some hyenas were leaving it and some vultures, mainly Rüppell's griffon vultures with a few white backs, came down to feed.
"Then I saw the Lappet-faced vulture, Africa's largest with a three metre wingspan, overhead and quickly trained my camera on him, waiting for landing shots.
"It soon became clear he was not messing around and flew directly to the kill, right into a heap of 35 vultures.
"As he landed, he managed to get one vulture in each of his talons, another one in his bill, while also flattening four with each wing.
"With the sheer force of his entrance, the vulture had already taken care of 11 rivals and quickly scared off the other 24.
"It ate ferociously before the jackal approached the wildebeest.
"The vulture immediately attacked and dug its talons into the jackal's back and dragged it seven or eight metres through all the other vultures.
"The Lappet-faced vulture then returned to finish its meal and only when it had flown off did the others move back.
"The incident went on for 40 minutes and the noise was incredible." ... beest.html

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Pecking order: Jackal is nipped on the nose after trying to snatch hungry vulture's scrap of meat

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:37 PM on 21st May 2010

This jackal was reminded of his place in nature's pecking order when he got a nasty nip on the nose after trying to snatch a hungry vulture's scrap of meat.

The pair came to blows after setting their sights on the same tasty snack.

Although the meat was closely guarded by the bird the jackal thought he'd try his luck - but he obviously hadn't bargained for a fight.

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Ouch that hurts! The vulture reminds the jackal of nature's pecking order by nipping him on the nose after the jackal tried to snatch a scrap of meat 

Determined to hold on to his dinner, the feisty bird stood its ground as the hungry creature advanced on his meal.

And when the jackal finally plucked up the courage to pounce the vulture struck back with his beak.

These incredible pictures were snapped by husband and wife Lizet and Johann Grobbelaar at Giant's Castle Nature Reserve in the Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The bird-watching couple, from Pretoria, often travel there to photograph the large raptors, which gather there to feast on carcasses dumped by the reserve staff.
But, despite their frequent visits, this is the first time the delighted pair had witnessed such a fight between vulture and jackal.

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Sizing it up: The jackal tries to sneak up on the vulture who stands protectively over the morsel of meat 

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Squaring up: The bird of prey and the jackal try to intimidate each other, but the jackal is in for a nasty surprise when the vulture bites him on the nose

Mr Grobbelaar, 40, said: 'Interaction between jackals and the vultures have been witnessed by others but this was a first for us.
'We were anticipating that something was going to happen so the adrenalin was pumping.

'It all started when the jackal appeared over the ridge. The vulture immediately noticed it and seemed irritated and not intimidated at all.

'There was a small piece of meat to the right of the bird and it stood its ground.

'The jackal would slowly approach and then back off again repeatedly with the vulture just standing still.

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You win! The jackal backs off from the vulture after getting more than he bargained for when he tried to steal the bird of prey's food 
'Then, after about 10 minutes of this, the jackal decided it was then or never and approached right up to the bird.

'It lunged toward the vulture but the the bird replied by zapping it on the nose.

'The jackal immediately backed off. He tried again a little later but this time it gave up much sooner without any physical contact.

'It was very exciting. We were very surprised to see that the vulture actually got hold of the jackal's nose.'

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Day of the jackal attack: Brave scavenger steals bone from vulture during vicious struggle

When it comes to meal times in the sparse African plain, competition can end up being the order of the day.
So when a determined jackal saw a vulture enjoying a juicy bone, there was always going to be trouble.

The pair came to blows after the hungry animal spied the three-feet tall bird and made a bid for the food.

But she obviously didn't bargain for her fellow scavenger's fighting spirit.

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Time to share: The jackal issues its challenge to the vulture in the Drakensburg National Park, South Africa

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Not so fast: The vulture responds to the jackal's outrageous bid for the bone by pecking at its eyes

Determined to keep the tasty treat to itself the bird lashed out with its talons and the jackal was quick to retaliate with her sharp teeth.

Despite nearly losing her eyes in the vicious battle, the jackal's fierce determination paid off - she got to keep the stolen bone.

This spectacular sight was snapped by Michael Hofmeyr as he hiked with his wife, Romy, in the Drakensburg National Park, South Africa.

The 37-year-old bird enthusiast, who lives in Johannesburg, said it was the first time he'd witnessed such a brawl between the two species.

He said: 'We were watching the vulture picking on some bones when we noticed the jackal sneaking up on the vulture from behind a ridge.

'The jackal appeared nervous and came and went two or three times before deciding to have a go.

'When the jackal finally plucked up the courage he made a lightning dash for the bone that the vulture was busy with.

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Response: The jackal bites back, and it's the beginning of the end for the vulture

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Hungry: The jackal will not be deterred as it responds with an attack of its own, forcing the huge bird to fly away 

'But the bird was in no way prepared to relinquish it and a fight ensued. At first the vulture appeared to be getting the upper hand by going for the jackal's eyes.

'But the jackal spun around and bit the vulture several times, after which the vulture let go of the bone and flapped away.

'The jackal appeared unharmed and ran off. The vulture initially looked slightly the worse for wear but he managed to fly away.'

Mr Hofmeyr, who works as an I.T. security consultant, added: 'I've never seen anything like it before, it's quite an unusual thing to witness.' 

Jackals are found in Africa, Asia and south east Europe.

The species are known to scavenge but their long legs and curved canine teeth make them good hunters too - they mostly feed on small animals like birds and reptiles.

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Still hungry: The vulture flies off in search of easier pickings

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To the victor, the spoils: The jackal gets his teeth into the bone
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Incredible moment a jackal defies gravity as it leaps into the air to fight off six vultures taking its meal - and wins

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I dont know if this Jackal was previously injured, but this Vulture finishes it off!

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I am not sure either but it is very grusome to watch. Nature can be cruel indeed.
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