Fearless Lioness Slaps a Crocodile Who Gets Way Too Close to a Baby Cub

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 7, 2023

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Hasty retreat, young male Lion panics at the sight of moving Crocodile
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The phrase “mama bear” seems to have passed on from the animal kingdom to the human world. The phrase is a term of endearment for a protective mother looking over their young. This phrase most commonly comes from the fierce, protective mama bears like grizzlies. If there’s one thing we know about bears, it is to never get close to their cubs. While most bears are not aggressive toward humans for no reason, one of their main reasons for aggression is where it concerns their young. 

Lion and Crocodile Sighting in Africa

In this short video taken below, we are taken to the land where wild animals are most commonly captured for documentaries. We are taken to Africa, where this lion is making a beeline straight from the edge of the water. We see an enormous crocodile that is willing to face this lion head-on. The reason for this lion’s anger is the crocodile got too close to her baby cub. As the lion approaches the lion, we see the crocodile open his large mouth and growl. The lion responds by smacking the crocodile on his V-shaped snout

We see the crocodile thrash about. He clearly is not happy with being smacked on his nose. However, he is careful not to pick a full-on fight with this lioness. Because she is not alone, and while a crocodile could take on a lion, taking on several would not be smart. The young cub walks around and stops to stare while the lioness continues smacking the crocodile over the nose. This young cub is almost saying, “See I told you not to mess with me.” 

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If we pause this short video shown below at one minute and 11 seconds, we see another lioness with a much younger cub watching from a short distance away. She is protecting this young cub in case this crocodile gets any ideas. 

The camera pans back to the main lioness facing this crocodile head-on. She remains close by, kneeling down. She is ready for a fight should this crocodile decide to become too bold. 

What Do Crocodiles Eat?

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) swallowing an Impala - Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Nile crocodiles will eat imapalas.

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Crocodiles are large reptiles that can be found in Africa, Asia, Central America, North America, and South America. These reptiles can reach up to 2,200 pounds and a length of 23 feet. 

As we can imagine, they have a voracious appetite. As carnivores, they feast on fish, crustaceans, deer, and buffalo. According to Support Wild, “It is possible for a crocodile to kill and eat a lion, but it is not a common occurrence. Lions are apex predators and are not typically preyed upon by crocodiles in the wild.”

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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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