That’s gotta be one of the smoothest getaways I’ve ever seen. Especially, getting away from a whole bunch of lions…
Wildebeest are powerful bovine creatures that roam the grasslands of Southern Africa. They are known for their impressive size and strength, and for being a prey animal for many of the continent’s largest predators.
Lions are one of Africa’s most feared predators. They are highly skilled hunters and have been known to take down adult Cape buffalo weighing up to 1,500 pounds. When a lion targets its most common prey such as a buffalo, wildebeest, or zebra, it typically goes after the weaker members of a herd, such as the young, sick or injured. Lions use their strength and agility to take down their prey, with predominantly the females of the pride working together in a group to overtake their target.
Despite the lion’s superior hunting skills, the wildebeest has a few tricks up its sleeve.
This particular wildebeest is seen getting chased down by a pride of lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. With one on its tail and two in its path ahead, this fella appears to be cornered. In a flash it turns around, takes two steps, and completely leaps clean over the top of two lions at once.
The wildebeest just keeps on running and makes some ground on them before it is able to slip into the water and make its way to the other side to safety. That is one athletic animal… like an NFL running back hurdling a safety trying to make a tackle int he open field.
I guess you have to get creative when you have animals like lions hunting you down.
Curious Lion Cub Gets Its Head Stuck In A Buffalo
You can’t make this stuff up…
Nature is a wild place where the unexpected always seems to happen. And not just here in North America… all across the world it is the same.
Lions are one of the most notorious predators on the planet. They’re nicknamed t he King of the Jungle a good reason (although they don’t technically live in the jungle). The are massive cats, with males reaching 10 feet long and up to 550 pounds. Females aren’t far off of that growing up to 9 feet long and up to 400 pounds.
The eat everything that gives them a chance to attack. Being the second largest cat in the world (right behind tigers) their diet requires them to eat 10 to 25 pounds of meat each day.
Lions, like many other predators have certain parts of the animal they prefer to eat first. Once they’ve taken enough of the legs and backside to neutralize the animal, the guts and intestines are generally the first area of intense feeding for lions. Those parts provide the most nutrients essential to their survival. Don’t be mistaken, they will eat the whole animal though.
At the end of the day, they are just giant killer kitty cats roaming the African plains. And while a sense of awe, terror and wonder can come from watching them in their natural habitat, sometimes it’s absolute hilarity. Especially when cubs are involved…
This lioness and her cub are seen chowing down on a fresh buffalo kill.
While the rest of the family chows down near the stomach and guts, one cub has its head shoved right up the arse of the buffalo. Considering what they eat first, this isn’t super surprising, however, maybe try coming around front like mom? This cub found out like many other young creatures, sometimes what goes in, doesn’t come out.
The cub is seen struggling trying to come back out to the light of day. The cub pushes and twists but can’t seem to pop its head back out. Naturally, the poor fella is probably running out of air in there, however with his family munching on the stomach from the other side, it’s only a matter of time before his little head pokes free.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Other lions, a bit perplexed at what is going on, watch as the cub struggles so hard it tires out. They don’t seem to worry much and just leave him be. Eventually, as they ate their way through the buffalo’s guts, the little lion cub was able to free itself and partake in the rest of the meal.
They say curiosity killed the cat… and this fellas was nearly living proof.