The “king of the jungle” was tossed aside like a toy by a buffalo in the Kruger National Park.
The video shared by Latest Sightings shows how the predator – which looks like it’s in dire need of a meal – was asleep when a buffalo charged at it and flipped it into the air before chasing it off.
According to Latest Sightings, it’s uncommon to see a lone female lion as they live and hunt in prides.
“One reason for her solitary existence could have been due to male lions taking over her pride and forcing her out. She was clearly unable to hunt alone without any fellow members and she was starving and weak,” adds Latest Sightings.
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Captured by Bathabile Shakwane, a field guide at the Park, says they were driving from Satara towards Skukuza and “were rewarded with lots of buffalo sightings”.
They stopped at Kumana dam when they noticed a lone lion lying in the bush nearby a herd of buffalo.
“A single buffalo bull seemed to notice the lion lying in the bushes and decided to tread carefully towards the lion to see what she was up to,” says Shakwane, adding that the buffalo got a bit too close and the lion got a fright and tried to flee.
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“Once she got up we noticed how terribly thin and weak she was looking,” says Shakwane, adding “Unfortunately, in the condition she was in there was no chance she would be able to take down a healthy buffalo of that size on her own. The buffalo realised her vulnerable state and flung her up into the air like a ragdoll.
“She managed to get away from the buffalo unscathed. It was clear, though, that lion was not going to live much longer on her own and I can only imagine she would have died of hunger at the end of the day.
“The video is kind of tragic but just that scene was beyond amazing for me because you don’t get to see this every day,” adds Shakwane.
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