The tense struggle between a jackal and a marabou in Pilanesburg National Park in Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ was captured in an amazing video. A 28-year-old construction engineer named Dian Swanepoel caught the first glimpse of the ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ at Kubu Dam on camera. The jackal was initially lying flat on the ground, preparing to ambush the wading bird. Swanepoel claimed that the jackal rushed for a marabou in an instant and went all-out to grab it by the neck.
He was amazed and scared at the same time as he observed all that was happening. Even if he felt ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ about the marabou, a meal is a meal. The jackal toyed with the marabou and his tail was wagging wildly, giving the impression that he was really happy with himself.
The jackal is just around the size of a domestic dog, so this performance was rather amazing. The marabou is a huge bird with a 12-foot wingspan and is a member of the stork family. These animals can weigh up to 20 pounds and can reach heights of almost five feet.
The birds have a very unusual appearance, with a totally bald head and neck, a black back, and a wʜɪᴛe chest and belly. It also flaunts a massive bill, a neck ruff, and a pink sac on its throat. Marabou, with its cloak-like wings and back, thin legs, and thick mass of hair, are often called “undertaker birds” due to the way they seem when viewed from behind.
Let’s watch the battle in the video below:
Source: Latest Sightings