This is the hilarious moment a grazing buffalo walks right into a lion and both get the fright of their life! This hilarious interaction was filmed on the H1-4, close to Satara in Kruger National Park.
Lions are one of the most strategic predators in Africa, they can be opportunistic hunters and will often ambush their prey. Buffaloes on the other hand have been known to severely injure and even kill these carnivores, by tossing them through the air or puncturing them with their horns. Clearly, neither of these two creatures had their strategy planned on this day and when they found themselves face to face, got the fright of their lives!
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What happens when a grazing buffalo walks right up to a lion?
“We were driving back towards Satara for lunch when my cousin spotted lions in the distance and shouted to stop. The buffalo herd was sitting together and we saw the first two lions charge toward them, leaving them unsettled. We then noticed another lion approaching from the opposite side and were expecting an ambush.”
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“Once the buffalo walked straight up to the lion, the chase kicked off and all we saw was dust with giraffe and the buffalos scattering. The lions returned unsuccessfully and the sighting ended with heaps of dust, and confused giraffes running away with the buffaloes – and dissatisfied hungry lions.”
“I’ve seen a few chases before but this was very rare – as it was so clear and open to observe.”
“We were all super excited and thought this was going to be our first kill. It was such an amazing sight! We were witnessing – not just a hunt – but what seemed like a perfectly planned strategy. We got anxious and thought the buffalo is walking straight into the jaws of death and then…well what a surprise!”