Watch Lion Cubs Practice Hunting Skills on Warthog With a Bum Knee

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: October 31, 2023

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Being injured in the wild is like a death sentence, to put it quite frankly. There is no hope of being able to run or defend yourself. So, if you can’t run, hide, or fight in the wild, then you are left vulnerable to the attacks of predators. Predators of all statuses will take advantage of injured prey. Predators such as lions, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetahs, and leopards. Let’s see what happens with this injured warthog below.

This YouTube video takes us to Africa. This video was shared by the Incredible Wild Animals Sighting Channel. They share various videos of rhinos, zebras, buffalos, wildebeest, hyenas, and leopards, to name a few. Below, they share their description of what happened. 

“The young lions chasing the warthog injured and trying to hunt it around and its natural life of wild animals living in the jungle the only strong wild animals can survive to live.” 

Lion Cubs Vs. Injured Warthog

A Warthog sleeping in it's burrow, taken on Safari in South Africa

Warthogs can run up to 30 miles per hour.

At the start of this video, we see an injured warthog who is down on one of his knees; the other one is no good, and he is unable to stand on it. Behind this warthog, we see a group of lion cubs that are surrounding it. They are hoping to be able to take advantage of an injured animal and pounce.

Even though he is injured, this warthog doesn’t take it lying down. We see him limping and fighting at every opportunity he gets. One advantage on this warthog side is that these cubs are not grown, and he has the chance to intimidate them.

Not long after, we see what looks like teenage lions come on by. And while they are bold and reach in toward the warthog, they are all still fearful of making the kill. 

How Many Warthogs Are in Africa?

Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) of the genus Phacochoerus are solely located in Africa. These wild animals are not little by any means. They can weigh anywhere from 110-330 pounds (50-150 kilograms.) So, while it may have looked like an easy takedown for these cubs, looks can be deceiving on camera. And it was probably significantly larger than these cubs thought they could handle. 

It is estimated that there are at least 22,250 warthogs left in their population. And most of them reside completely in South Africa.

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About the Author

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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