Nature can be such a brutal place, and I’m no expert on lioness activity, but I think this battle had something to do with unfinished business.
In the clip, a pride of eight or so lionesses can be seen picking a fight with a crocodile, and winning. You might think that a scaly crocodile wouldn’t be worth messing with, but apparently when they are out of the water, it’s fair game.
The croc impressively holds its own for a while, but the sheer number of angry, hungry lionesses turns out to be too much for the prehistoric reptile to handle.
“Nature Is Metal” posted the video (I concur with nature being metal), and captioned it with:
“While crocodiles are certifiably lethal in the water, their prowess diminishes the moment they step onto land.
Hindered by limited agility, they find themselves at the mercy of whatever fate the land has in store until they can return to their preferred domain.”
If you wondering why a crocodile would leave the water, where it’s arguably at its full strength, it really comes down to some simple biological needs that the reptile needs. They are ectothermic, which means they can’t produce their own body heat and often have to rely on the sun’s rays to stay warm.
Getting sun can also help burn off things that might sometimes call their scales home, like algae and parasites. And if it’s not either of those two things, crocs might exit their watery abode in search of a new mate, or a new territory.
The caption continued:
“Juveniles may do the same to avoid being preyed upon by larger, more dominant crocs. This one just happened to be in the wrong place at the worst possible time.”