Everyone knows that the food chain is a brutal part of nature. However, sometimes you see something disturbing in nature even though you know it is the natural order of things. This is the case of this incredible video taken in Botswana. The lowly impala is found near the bottom of the food chain in Africa and the young are particularly vulnerable to the many predators that roam the outback. This poor baby impala, who is probably no more than a few days old, soon finds herself in the folds of a large python.
Unfortunately for the impala, its cries of distress do nothing to help it. In fact, it attracts another vicious predator, a hyena. The hyena doesn’t seem to know quite what to make of this situation and keeps looking for an angle to steal the baby from the snake. Eventually the hyena just starts to walk away with the impala, the snake still attached. Eventually, the snake gives up its meal and flees, leaving the hyena the spoils of a most brutal victory.
You know, on the list of rotten routes, this one must be right near the top. It doesn’t get much crueler than having your life ripped out and then being ripped apart by some of nature’s strongest jaws. According to the description of the video, this whole altercation started when the impala had the bad luck to step over the snake. The person who shot this video was Mike Sutherland, the founder of Escape Safari Co. He notes that his guests that day were both fascinated and shocked by the scene.
“We were all intrigued by what was going on, and we all felt quite distraught and shocked by the scenes that unfolded. It took some explaining and guidance for the guest to fully understand that nature can be cruel but also has weird ways that we can learn from,” Sutherland said in the video’s description. “Not everything we read in books is set in stone, and this was a great example of having an open mind in the bush.”
It’s a good reminder that nature is rarely fair or caring. Anything and everything can end up as one more link in the food chain. Ending up as prey is a common fate for the impala, very few manage to die peacefully of old age. Every day is a fight for survival, and that’s what makes nature so special.