In India, a video was recently captured that shows just how far other mammals might go to engage in some very similar behavior to human beings. It starts with a dog minding its own business, sitting in the middle of a dirt road when a safari group of tourists appeared on the scene.
The dog was happy to receive attention from some people it had never come across before in its life, and decided to lay down and “bask in the attention” a little bit. Then, a leopard appeared and stole all the attention.
A description of the social dynamic captured in this video comes from one article:
“You know sometimes when you just want the attention to be solely on you for a moment? Whether you’re tearing it up on karaoke or just have a really hilarious story to tell your mates – we’ve all been there.
Then you realise that no one’s listening or paying attention because someone else has already performed a ‘better’ song (what’s better than Alanis Morissette, we might add?) or they’re telling a ‘funnier’ tale, just trying to one-up you.”
At Jhalana Safari Park near Jaipur, Rajasthan in India, the young leopard was spotted by the tourists paying a visit to the safari park, stalking the dog from behind some bushes. The tourists kept their cameras rolling and the leopard made a dangerous pounce toward the dog.
But see, the dog wasn’t to be played with either. Completely caught off guard and fearing for its own life, the dog counterattacked the leopard, with a surprisingly formidable effect.
I mean, no one can run from a leopard, one of the fastest animals on the planet. The dog simply started barking its head off.
So, what is actually a 2 year old leopard they named Juliet looked shocked that the dog would dare even protest becoming a pile of prey.
Continuing from that article:
“The dog started barking continuously, a little like some people we know if they’re overshadowed despite giving their best rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’. The two-year-old female leopard, named ‘Juliet’ by forest officials as a result of the big cat frequenting the area, looked baffled. She stood for some time looking intently at the dog before walking away, clearly disappointed.”
The brave dog may have been showing signs of anxiety, with its tail tucked between its legs, but nevertheless it continued to bark and assert itself against the fast and formidable predator leopard.
The visitors present at the park were most likely the reason the dog was able to be spared, as one forest official suggested: “Juliet left quietly as there were visitors in jeeps behind the dog. If not, it is unlikely that the dog would have survived the encounter.”
Maybe it’s true in both the animal kingdoms and the social structure of people, that if one asserts themselves and holds their ground no matter what, they can end a conflict with a predator even if the predator is much more formidable than the thing that would have become its prey.