Buffalo Wakes Up to a Lion Biting Its Neck But Doesn’t Give Up There

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 9, 2023
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Do you know those horror movies where the bad guy sneaks into the house and goes into the person’s bedroom? And it isn’t until the bad guy is standing directly above the person in bed that they wake up. Well, if you’re like us, you’re thinking, “How in the world did someone break into your house, walkthrough, open the door, and go all the way up to your bed without you even waking up?” Well, in the case of this video shown below, this exact scenario happened to an enormous buffalo! 

Maasi Sightings 

This next video takes us to the YouTube channel Maasi Sightings. They are dedicated to providing a place where people can come for authentic wildlife videos. They offer their description of what happened in the video below.

“Lions stalk their prey and when close enough, attempt a short charge on their prey, trying either to pounce on their target or knock it over. Lions kill their prey by breaking its neck or suffocating it by clamping their jaws around its throat. This particular male lion tried to strangle a buffalo bull while it was sleeping but the bull used its strength and power to get the male lion off of him.” 

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Lion Sneaking Up on Sleeping Buffalo

male lion

A large male lion can weigh up to 550 pounds!


As the video below starts, if we pause the video at 10 seconds, we can barely even see the two large buffalo that are sleeping. But they are there, lying down. And we see a male lion slowly approaching. He’s thinking, maybe they are dead, or perhaps he will be able to get the jump on them and get one for dinner. Regardless, this lion can creep up slowly and reach up next to this buffalo

We see the lion slowly lying right on top of where his neck is. Suddenly, both buffalo jump up and stand at attention! The video editors warn that “buffalos were too powerful for a lone male lion to bring down on his own.” 

How Large is a Buffalo?

Forest bufflao (Syncerus caffer nanuns) at Loango National Park, Gaboon

Buffalos are mammals.

©Kurt Dundy at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0 – License

As we can see, this buffalo far outweighs that of the male lion. Male lions typically only reach up to 550 pounds. But, the buffalo can reach as much as 2,000 pounds

If the male lion were to have had his pride there, or even another male lion, then the chase and kill would have been successful. However, by himself, this buffalo is too large of prey to take down. 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © MriyaWildlife/iStock via Getty Images

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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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