Photographer captures a heart-stopping moment of jackal saving her pup from an eagle

Jun 13, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer captures a heart-stopping moment of jackal saving her pup from an eagle

Jun 13, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nature and wildlife are stunning; sometimes comical, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes utterly devastating. Wildlife photographers are there to capture all these moments, and Ateeb Hussain witnessed – and photographed – a moment that will make your heart skip a beat.

While visiting Maasai Mara reserve in Keya, Ateeb photographed a female jackal defending her precious pup from an eagle! He shared his splendid image with DIYP, along with some details on what happened.

Ateeb is a wildlife photographer based in Dubai, and he is especially interested in African animals. So, he often visits Africa to take photos, and he took this one on his trip to Kenya in 2021. It started when he spotted a jackal mom moving across the terrain, carrying her pup in her mouth. She seemed stressed and anxious, so Ateeb and his group decided to follow her and see what was going on. Of course, they were at a safe distance in their vehicle.

As it turned out, it was worth it. They soon witnessed a dramatic encounter that Ateeb was able to capture. He recalls that they saw a Tawny eagle swoop down, aiming to snatch a pup right from its mother’s jaws. But the mother was quick, clever, and determined to save her baby. She ducked, dodging the bird by just a little. However, the eagle didn’t give up. It landed a bit away, keeping its eyes on the prize.

The wild encounter didn’t end there. The mom kept moving, stopping occasionally to scan the surroundings. The eagle used these opportunities and tried to grab the pup a few more times! The clever jackal outsmarted it almost every time. Almost! The eagle swooped down for one last time, and managed to capture the baby jackal! But as the eagle grabbed the pup, the desperate mom leaped after it, and the pup dropped from the eagle’s talons. As Ateeb recalls, it all happened in a matter of seconds.

Before we continue, let me tell you that the baby jackal was fine, because I can almost hear your gasps right now. Ateeb says that the eagle tried to catch the pup a few more times, but it eventually gave up, and both mom and the baby returned safely to the den.

As I mentioned, the whole rescue mission jackal mom performed lasted only a few seconds. However, Ateeb’s sharp eye and quick reflexes were even faster than hers. I’m amazed that he managed to capture this exact moment, showing so much in a single photo: the eagle’s determination, the pup’s fear, and the mother’s fast desire to save her baby. Thankfully, that desire prevailed and they were both safe – and Ateeb was left with this jaw-dropping wildlife photo.

Make sure to follow Ateeb on Instagram for more wildlife photos. They’re dramatic, gorgeous, and funny – just like nature and wildlife themselves.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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49 responses to “Photographer captures a heart-stopping moment of jackal saving her pup from an eagle”

  1. Daniel Robbins Avatar
    Daniel Robbins

    Please instruct Ateeb to start using video cameras!

  2. Rudy Candelaria Avatar
    Rudy Candelaria

    Don’t be stupid, America is the land of free choice, this is why Democracy is so important, or should be to all people. Something you apparently don’t understand or believe in.

    1. kenmax00 Avatar
      kenmax00

      You seem to be the sicko

      1. James Bibel Avatar
        James Bibel

        Actually, YOU seem to be the sicko.

      2. Denver Gigi Avatar
        Denver Gigi

        You seem to be suffering from lead poisoning.

  3. James Bibel Avatar
    James Bibel

    Your not on fox Moronmus.

  4. Bmoore Avatar
    Bmoore

    Weirdo. The fact you watch a nature video and think of kids genitalia says a lot about you . Perv.

    1. kenmax00 Avatar
      kenmax00

      You seem to be the pervert 😂😂😂

      1. Fascists Lie Avatar
        Fascists Lie

        Your dog doesn’t like you one iota. Guaranteed.

    2. Fascists Lie Avatar
      Fascists Lie

      Exactly

    3. Janine Mccurdy Avatar
      Janine Mccurdy

      Evolution is slowly diminishing the Y chromosome. That doesn’t change the fact that at this point in time only women can have babies, not pretend women with really bad psychological issues.

      1. Guesswho Avatar
        Guesswho

        Well i guess you are least ahead of all females but lack in compassion. Just think, does it really affect you. Does it really need to be your business to worry about. Yeah, no. So stfu. Damn. Just because they guys are far prettier than you ever could be is your problem not theirs.

        1. Jd Avatar
          Jd

          What a complete illiterate comment!😠

        2. toni Avatar
          toni

          Yes, seeing mentally troubled people be manipulated effects us all. Especially, when they’re minors needing support and therapy, not sterilization.

    4. toni Avatar
      toni

      Or the issue is frequently in the news and felt important to him. The fact that you read his comment and somehow made HIM the problem instead of the troubling agenda he brought up, says a lot about you, ignoramus..

  5. Dan Avatar
    Dan

    Coming from another undereducated white nationalist neo-Nazi!

  6. Kevin ogara Avatar
    Kevin ogara

    Boy u a******* have gotta be kidding me with some of your comments

  7. Raymond Severini Avatar
    Raymond Severini

    This is why u can’t vote democrap

  8. Charles Brown Avatar
    Charles Brown

    Settle down Mr Minimus

  9. WarrenHart Avatar
    WarrenHart

    Transgenderism isnt something that you can push anyone twards. A person is either transgendered or they’re not. And Jesus was woke. Being woke is a good thing.

    1. Jade Stone Avatar
      Jade Stone

      Keep Jesus out of this drama

      1. WarrenHart Avatar
        WarrenHart

        Jesus was a woke liberal communist. One thing that he wasn’t was a Christian because Christianity wasn’t invented for several more hundred years.

        1. toni Avatar
          toni

          Nope. Just like Christianity hadn’t been “invented,” neither had “liberal communism.” No such thing exists, btw. Communists are evil.

          Deuteronomy 22:5
          “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

          1. WarrenHart Avatar
            WarrenHart

            Jesus and his deciples gave away all their personal property and shared everything. Thats communism all day long fool.

      2. Guesswho Avatar
        Guesswho

        Is that because he never existed.

    2. toni Avatar
      toni

      False. Jesus was moral and disciplined. The exact opposite of woke. He also knew the difference between men and women.

      “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.

      1. WarrenHart Avatar
        WarrenHart

        You’re mentaly ill. It’s called religious delusion. Google it.

  10. Denver Gigi Avatar
    Denver Gigi

    Of course reading a nature article would make a pedo think about children’s genitalia. Everything does with these monsters. Every Republican accusation is a confession.

  11. Michele Burns-Moore Avatar
    Michele Burns-Moore

    Wow, all this perversion and psychodrama from a photograph of nature?
    Then involving Jesus? What? 🤯🥴🫣🤮
    Ateeb the photos were a rare, very rare, opportunity of capture… True it would have been fantastic to see it live, but as rare as it is to see something of this nature on film, it’s appreciated that you were able to see and share the event. Ignore the idiots that can’t see straight on their nose, and keep up the fantastic photography work!! Its amazing footage.
    Yes, I’ll follow U on Instagram, because now a days, nature is the only thing that tells the truth and that I will follow…..🤓♥️😇

  12. Susan Lopez Avatar
    Susan Lopez

    Your children have a Father, God, Source, Divinity, Soul Connection and thank goodness it’s not you. Your children are not your own and if they are, God help us!

  13. Karen R Avatar
    Karen R

    This has nothing to do with government!

  14. Karen R Avatar
    Karen R

    Amazing and wonderful. I love the picture and the story! Thank you.

  15. kiajgen1 Avatar
    kiajgen1

    Really enjoyed the photo I bet it was interesting to see and more exciting to have a photo 😊

  16. antiBLAH Avatar
    antiBLAH

    If you INTENTIONALLY add transgender materials into public school curriculums, you WANT children to be exposed to the transgender lifestyle. Would that be a correct statement?

    1. Maryanne Adams Avatar
      Maryanne Adams

      Yes, much better that they use google and find out what the internet has to offer. (sarcasm)

      1. toni Avatar
        toni

        False argument. The schools shouldn’t be offering up the propaganda. Nor do they have the right to without parental consent.

        What the kids do online under their parents roof is a different issue.

  17. Bre Wylliams Avatar
    Bre Wylliams

    This is what happens when you post crap to social media. Dems, repub., They both suck, neither party care about ALL of God’s children. The article has nothing to do about politics. As far as religion, it says not to let a rotten saying come out your mouth, watch your association, that includes who you associate with on social media. Many of these people you would not invite into your home physically, so why do you invite them into your home using social media? Treat people how you want to be treated, don’t judge because there are NO perfect humans on this earth, only Jesus was. Blah, blah, blah…

    1. Franklin Graham Avatar
      Franklin Graham

      There is NO God. No Jesus. Get over it.

  18. Michael Hegyan Avatar
    Michael Hegyan

    Being a former photo journalist, excellent shooting..!!

  19. Brittany Sizemograph Avatar
    Brittany Sizemograph

    You are wrong about the “woke” ideology. The “woke” people have known the secrets of the world for a while and the government used it as a minimizing publicity stunt.

  20. Brittany Sizemograph Avatar
    Brittany Sizemograph

    If you not Gen X you a millennial.

  21. Toli P Avatar
    Toli P

    When you ran out of toilet paper did you blame it on Biden?

  22. A Avatar
    A

    To Maximus: In the words of Red Foreman “ya dumbass”.

  23. Guesswho Avatar
    Guesswho

    Why did you need to put your political opinion in this discussion. We get enough of it everywhere else. Could you please refrain from your not so funny satire. Much appreciated

  24. ThanosWasRight Avatar
    ThanosWasRight

    How did a photo about animals become a political debate? It seems many are delusional and belive discussing political thoughts make you appear intelligent. Spoiler!! No it does not, in fact, it does the opposite.

  25. Paul Guzman Avatar
    Paul Guzman

    Leave it to trumpies, to bring their stupid political views to an article about nature.

  26. toni Avatar
    toni

    It’s inexcusable that no video was taken. It’s 2023, get with it.

  27. Ryan Robinson Avatar
    Ryan Robinson

    Was the Eagle a chicken then transformed into an Eagle is this what this discussion about

  28. Al To'Agui Avatar
    Al To’Agui

    Americans are funny. They go from a jackal’s pup to Jesus, to political sides, to chemistry, to biology, to human perversion, to partisanism, to the woke concept, to the LGBT*Q community… In the meantime, they forget about Trump’s indictment or Biden’s son’s guilt, about the missing submarine, the crime and violence we all suffer from, etc. Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Please, let’s all stand up and drink some Budlight beer, to celebrate wtf-ever folks!