While on safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park, safari guide Ernest Porter and his guests tracked two lionesses to this waterbuck kill.
They found it lying in the grass with the two lionesses just a few meters away, but the lionesses appeared apprehensive to attack due to an electric fence beside the antelope. In the video you can see the confused lions getting zapped by the fence and looking, trying to figure out what is going on.
“We figured that they chased it into the fence, run full speed into the waterbuck and just instantly stopped because of the fence and possible got shocked in the process. The lionesses were a few metres away from the waterbuck but would not go in for the kill,'' says Porter.
Electric fences are a necessity in game reserves due to animals damaging equipment and theft, but unfortunately, do occasionally interfere with the natural behaviour of the animals, according to Porter.
“We waited to see what was going to happen and eventually the one lion jumped onto the waterbuck and by doing so touched the fence, got shocked and jumped off the waterbuck very confused. She then walked back to the waterbuck and continued the hunt."
Despite the small protection the fence provided, the lionesses killed the waterbuck after being shocked many times in the attack
*Compiled by Selene Brophy