Wild dog survives by playing dead in bid to escape from lion's jaws

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A wild dog managed to pull off a great escape by playing dead after finding itself locked in a lioness’s mouth.

Footage from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe shows the African painted dog hanging lifelessly from the jaws of a lioness as shocked tourists watched on from a safari truck.

Kruger Sightings, which posted the video on YouTube, said the dog was part of a pack feeding on a dead kudu before the lioness pounced on one of them.

The lioness caught a wild dog while the pack was feeding on a dead kudu

 

The company said in the description: “In the flash of a moment, she pounced and managed to grab one of the dogs.”

The lioness locked its teeth onto the wild dog’s neck and carried it around.

The dog stayed completely still with many tourists thinking it was already dead.

The African wild dog played dead and stayed still while the lioness carried it around the park

 

But when another dog came close to distract the lioness’s attention, the giant cat dropped its prey and chased after the second dog.

The ‘dead’ dog suddenly came back to life and made a dramatic escape.

Park visitors exclaimed in disbelief as one gasped: “Oh my god! It’s still alive!”

Bizarrely, both African wild dogs survived.

The dog sprang to life as soon as the lioness chased after another one from the pack

 

The dogs are known for their success when out on the hunt.

Nick Dyer, wildlife photographer, told BBC last year: “They have a reputation for being Africa’s most effective hunters, with, they say, up to 80 per cent of their hunts ending in a kill.”

In 2015, Cecil the lion, who lived on Hwange National Park for 13 years, was killed by poachers.

According to Kruger Sightings, the lion in the video was one of Cecil’s daughters and “[she] is a bit of a celebrity there in Hwange National Park.”

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