Watch: Lion Gets Tossed by a Herd of Cape Buffalo


Share post:

cape buffalo flips adult male lion

The cape buffalo jabbed his horns into the lion’s body three times.

It’s not every day that a camera captures an adult male lion getting its butt kicked. Most videos show the lion licking its bloody chops after taking down a gazelle or another plains game animal. But sometimes the tables are turned and the lion ends up on the losing end of the battle.

This video, posted to Instagram by user “savageanimall,” is short. It opens with a crowd of five or so sturdy cape buffalo, one of which is launching a tan body into the air with its horns. A dark mane becomes visible and viewers quickly realize the giant hacky sack is actually a male lion. And that lion is not backing down from the fight.

After getting lifted and tossed a second time, the lion jumps onto the buffalo and sinks its teeth into the buffalo’s withers. But this doesn’t last long before the buffalo lowers its head and punches its horns up into the lion’s gut a third time, flicking the big cat away like a mosquito.

The lion lands, looking stunned and momentarily humbled before realizing that the rest of the herd is right behind him. He leaps back to his feet and chases after the offending buffalo before quickly being struck down by one of the others (the herd equivalent of the strong safety after the defensive end misses a tackle). The video ends as the lion tumbles to the ground out of sight.

Read Next: Cape Fear: Hunting Buffalo in the Matetsi Safari Area of Zimbabwe

The relationship between lions and cape buffalo is complex. One study found that buffalo accounted for the largest percentage of a lion’s diet in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. They comprised 56 percent of all male diets and 33 percent of female diets, according to data from 245 kills and 74 fecal samples collected by researchers from Oxford University. But buffalo will also kill lions by trampling them, especially cubs.

There’s other footage of cape buffalo tossing lions around on the Internet. If you can ignore the strange U2-sounding music and occasional text overlays in this compilation, which has 11 million views, you’ll remember why, despite the lion being called the “King of Beasts,” the Cape Buffalo is known as the “Black Death.”

Source link

Alexandra Williams
Alexandra Williams
Alexandra Williams is a writer and editor. Angeles. She writes about politics, art, and culture for LinkDaddy News.

Recent posts

Related articles

$70M Powerball winner, who was forced to reveal her identity, is now a fierce advocate for anonymity

A Michigan Powerball winner is working to advocate for lottery winners to have the option to remain...

Las Vegas teens accused of intentionally hitting, killing bicyclist make first adult court appearance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two teens accused of intentionally hitting and killing a bicyclist and then fleeing...

"Not even in the ballpark": Judge dismisses three "obviously unqualified" Kari Lake witnesses

A Maricopa County, Arizona judge on Thursday rejected three of Kari Lake's witnesses and their testimonies at...

What striking workers get wrong about automaker profits

General Motors spent $21 billion on stock buybacks during the last 12 years. It should give more...

12-Year-Old Caught Clinging to the Roof of Moving SUV

A parking-lot takeover in Houston, Texas, led to one suspect getting arrested. Patrol deputies with Harris County...

US general says Trump was angered by invite to wounded soldier: "Nobody wants to see that"

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Donald Trump, is set to...

Trump says he always had autoworkers' backs. Union leaders say his first-term record shows otherwise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When former President Donald Trump visits Detroit next week, he’ll be looking to...

Aerial footage from Ukraine offers a new look at a rare tank-on-tank battle that ends with a close-range kill of Russian armor

Ukraine's Ministry of Defense posted new footage of a tank duel at close range.The clip shows a...