Wildebeest desperately tries to protect her calf from preying jackals

Wildebeest desperately tries to protect her calf from preying jackals only to accidentally knock her baby flying as she fends off the attackers

  • WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
  • A wildebeest calf finds itself cornered by two hungry jackals trying to attack it
  • Its mother tries to fend off the predators and in the process runs into her youngster sending it flying
  • The encounter happened at Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa

This is the tense moment a wildebeest calf finds itself cornered by two hungry jackals only for her mother to knock into her as she attempts to see off the attackers.

The incident – which happened at the Kruger National Park in in northeastern South Africa – was filmed by Marcel and Jaime Letts.

The footage shows the heart-stopping moment the two jackals arrive at the scene and begin menacingly circling the unsuspecting baby wildebeest as it takes a nap.

The mother desperately tries to fend off the predators from getting close to her baby and in the process runs into her youngster sending it flying

The jackals plan their moves strategically and every time the mother turns around to chase one away, the other sneaks up from behind to try and take a bite of the calf

Its mother then desperately tries to fend off the predators from getting close to her baby and in the process runs into her youngster sending it flying. 

The jackals plan their moves strategically and every time the mother turns around to chase one away, the other sneaks up from behind to try and take a bite of the calf. 

Several minutes into the encounter the mother headbutts the youngster again with its horns sending it flying in an attempt to get it out of the way of the attack.  

Speaking after the incident Jaime said: ‘We were visiting the Kruger National Park and were doing what everyone does, looking for animals! 

‘Initially, we did not see the jackal, but we quickly then realised that the mom was protecting her newborn from them because they were going for the calf!’  

‘It was very disturbing and we tried to remain hopeful for the little one.’ 

‘It was unbelievable when the mom kicked the baby down by accident but even more so when the mom threw the baby through the air with her horns in the end.

‘After the last blow, we realized that it was more than likely over for the little calf and we couldn’t bear watching the sighting anymore. We drove away and I was in tears.’  

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