Buffalo Faces the King of the Jungle Alone When She Realizes Her Baby is in Danger

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 28, 2023

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African Cape or Water Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) charges African Lions (Panthera leo) on the Masai Mara National Reserve safari in southwestern Kenya.
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When it comes down to it, animals in the wild have no desire to find themselves in a fight against the king of the jungle. If they can, most prey will flee as fast as they can. However, there are many times when animals don’t have any choice, and they must fight. While this mother buffalo didn’t have to fight this lion, her baby’s life was in danger, and she stood in the face of great danger to try and save his life. 

Buffalo and Lion Sighting 

The YouTube video clip posted at the top of this blog post takes us to the land of Africa it looks like. Animal Channel 259 shared this video. Their channel provides footage of domestic and wild animals in their natural habitat. We see videos of cats, lions, crocodiles, hippos, and sharks, to list a few. 

King of the Jungle Hunting Calf

As the video starts, we see a male lion pursuing a mother buffalo and her young calf running. They are at the watering hole, and the lions have used this as the perfect place to attack prey coming for a drink of water. It was his lucky day to find a calf that would be easy to kill. That is if he can get past the mother. 

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The mother quickly turns and faces the lion head-on. She will do whatever is necessary to protect her calf. However, she doesn’t know that this male lion isn’t alone. We see later on in the video that a pride of lions was with him, and they are working together to get this calf away. 

What Strategies Do Lions Use to Hunt?


Lions can weigh up to 550 pounds.

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We’ve heard of master manipulators. Well, what about master deceivers? Lions are smarter than we think they are. Their prides can sometimes hold up to 30 members, if not more. And their ability to use the strategies they have is unlike any other group in the wild animal kingdom. 

They use the perfect art of deception by blending well in the grass. Their brown, gold, and blonde fur allows them to hide themselves from prey crossing their paths. 

Another strategy they use is their ability to hunt well together. Notice how they use distraction as a strategy in the reports you read and the documentaries you see on lion hunts. Whether a pride has six or 30 lions, they can distract prey, often cutting them off from their herd. 

Or, as in the case of the video above, the mother was so distracted by fending off the male lion that she forgot that this lion came with his soldiers. Who was ultimately able to grab the baby buffalo. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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