A serval recently found itself in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Or so it thought…Yes, Latest Sightings shared a video of the incredible sighting as a lone serval managed to keep four cheetahs at bay and survived to tell the tale.
Serval vs Cheetahs
The once in a lifetime sighting was captured by data analyst, Gavin Newfield, and took place at the Ivory Tree Lodge at Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa.
He told Latest Sightings the story and said that they saw a distant wildebeest mimicking the aesthetic of a buffalo, which brought their vehicle to a halt.
“My girlfriend tapped my shoulder, ‘is that a caracal?’,” he explained to the app. “I having never seen a caracal and immediately dismissed the idea that the wildebeest could have been a buffalo and turned my attention to the ‘caracal’”.
With a slightly sinister voice, he told his girlfriend that her sights were firmly stuck on a serval, a wild cat native to Africa, something neither of them had seen before.
The greatest sighting
“Quickly, the attention of our driver was caught, whispers echoed a silent Hilux as mentions of a cheetah started to creep through and low and behold, four cheetahs, a serval and a ‘buffalo’ characterized what I consider to be the greatest sighting of my life so far.”
The sighting held his attention as “It was an incredible wildlife sighting” and very rare to witness.
“The sighting ended when the serval took an opening to exit the battle for territory, as the cheetah recognized the serval’s attempt, he shot towards the serval’s path, but, despite the rustling of leaves, nothing of those two was to be seen again. Perhaps out of peer pressure, the other three cheetahs chased the wildebeest beyond human sight and just like that it was over.”