Savage Showdown: Jackal Triumphs in Wilderness Battle for Wildebeest Leg, Leaving Vulture Empty-Clawed in Riveting Wildlife Saga

These are the dramatic scenes as a jackal and a vulture fight with each other for the rights to feast upon a wildebeest leg which had been left on Kenya’s Masai Mara.

And unlike Fredrick Forsythe’s thrilling novel, this time the jackal succeeds in his mission.

The two-minute-long fight was observed by German photographer Ingo Gerlach.

She said: ‘The Jackal won and ran off with the bone. The vulture just looked like a sore loser. I love the special moments you experience when photographing animals. Especially when you witness fighting and survival scenes like this.’

This is the amazing scene as a vulture swooped down from the sky in a bid to steal a wildebeest leg from a jackal in the Masai Mara, Kenya

The jackal closed its eyes as the scavenging vulture closed in on the section of wildebeest leg

The jackal refuses to drop the wildebeest leg despite the intense level of intimidation displayed by the far larger vulture

The vulture, which is far larger than the jackal, attempted to intimidate the smaller animal by expanding its massive wings

Having being foiled with its first attempt to hijack the jackal’s wildebeest leg, the vulture considers a different method of attack

Instead, the vulture decided to use its aerial advantage and in typical fashion launched its attack from behind

The jackal was forced to drop the wildebeest leg, left, as the vulture’s large talons rapidly approached so it could defend itself

The jackal deftly turned around to defend the wildebeest leg from the far larger aggressor

The vulture again tried to buzz the jackal and force him away from the area allowing the bird to devour the wildebeest leg alone

The vulture manages to force the jackal away from the wildebeest leg, but the smaller animal still has no intention of giving up

Eventually the vulture decides that the jackal is a far too determined adversary and it should fly off to find some less well defended carrion

Photographer Ingo Gerlach said: ‘The Jackal won and ran off with the bone. The vulture just looked like a sore loser. I love the special moments you experience when photographing animals. Especially when you witness fighting and survival scenes like this’

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