WATCH: Close-up sighting captures lions taking down a buffalo calf

2017-03-28 20:02 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - We love intense wildlife sightings, but be warned. This close-up video showing a pride of lion take down a little buffalo calf is not for the fainthearted. 

Shared to's YouTube account by Cliff Butlin, the video shows how this 34-year-old field guide was able to give his guests a stupefying front-row-seat to the kill which occurred at Mjejane Game Reserve on Human Right's Day, 21 March, this year.  

“The lions had already attacked the calf before I arrived," Butlin recalls. "The buffalo cow and other members of the herd had pushed the lions away, so when I arrived at the sighting the lions were watching the buffalo from a safe distance plotting their attack again.

"After an hour of waiting, the buffalo started moving off with the lions not too far behind them... I went down a road and waited for the buffalo to arrive when another open safari vehicle radioed in to say that the lions were starting to give chase. This was when all hell broke loose and the calf was left behind," Butlin says. 

"The lions had initially run past the calf as they did not see it on the other side of the bush, but when the calf called for its mother, the lions turned and locked eyes on the helpless victim and I knew they were going take it down..."

Warning: This footage might upset sensitive viewers. 

The mother of the calf did not come back, Butlin says, "as she was possibly injured as well during the first attack and the other buffalo". 

Butlin says that he has been guiding for over 12 years and has "seen a lot over the years, but this was a special moment! When you predict the moment and it unfolds in exactly that way, it is so rewarding."

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