Frustrated Male Lion Throws a Tantrum After Losing His Meal to a Crocodile

Written by Sammi Caramela
Updated: September 26, 2023
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Zebras have many different predators. A recent viral video confirmed this: the video shows a lion attacking a zebra in Kenya until it eventually falls into the water, where it then becomes a crocodile’s dinner. You can actually see the frustration on the lion’s face as it growls and sinks to the ground as if in defeat. 

Meanwhile, the crocodile gets an easy meal as nearby hippos watch the entire thing go down. The poor zebra was a two-time victim, pushed by the lion until it lost balance and fell backward into the water, just in time for it to die at the hands of yet another predator. 

Which Animals Are a Zebra’s Main Predators?

A zebra’s main predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, African wild cats, and birds of prey. However, as shown in the video at the end of this article, crocodiles will gladly prey on this striped animal, too. 

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Typically, a zebra will fight its predators by kicking and biting. Once they get a good hit against their enemy, they will then flee the scene. However, the lion was far too powerful for this zebra to win. 

Crocodiles eating Zebra in Mara River

Crocodiles will certainly jump at the chance to eat a zebra if it enters its territory.

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Do Crocodiles Commonly Eat Zebras?

As shown in the video, crocodiles will occasionally eat zebras. However, their main prey includes fish and small creatures. Typically, crocodiles will ambush their prey by taking them by surprise, which is what happened in the video. They didn’t even need to actively hunt the zebra; the predator simply struck the animal when it entered their territory. 

Hunting animals requires a ton of energy — which the alligator doesn’t necessarily have. This is why they mainly stick to fish, birds, frogs, and small mammals, using their strong jaws to kill and eat their prey.

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Sammi is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering cats, nature, symbolism, and spirituality. Sammi is a published author and has been writing professionally for six+ years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Writing Arts and double minors in Journalism and Psychology. A proud New Jersey resident, Sammi loves reading, traveling, and doing yoga with her little black cat, Poe.

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