Watch a Valiant Lioness Stand Strong Against a Pack of Wild Dogs and Defend Her Cub

Written by Rachael Monson
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • In the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a lioness confronts a pack of African wild dogs, causing chaos.
  • A tourist group captures the intense interaction on film that you can watch below.
  • Onlookers react with horror as the dust kicks up during the brawl, only to discover that the lioness has entered the dangerous territory of the dogs’ den.

As a lioness appears to be facing down a pack of African wild dogs the chaos rises. A tourist group in the Maasai Mara National Reserve filmed the interaction. Onlookers gasp in horror as the dust rises around the brawl. As the cloud clears, we realize this lioness has entered into very dangerous territory – the dogs’ den. The next scene shows the lioness sitting in the middle of the pack more at ease but still wary of her surroundings. The dogs run back and forth barking and are very unsure of the lioness. We learn the lioness is a mother looking for her cub who might be injured.

The lioness takes a quick rest and then begins to move toward the pack, but the wild dogs keep their distance. Then, the lion cub makes an appearance! We see no bite marks or scratches on it. The mother lioness leads her baby away, but the spooked cub runs away again. Will the mother lioness find her cub before it’s too late? Watch the video below to find out!

Where is the Rest of the Pride?

Lions can be extremely quiet while hunting.

Most people know that lions live in large family groups called prides led by a dominant male. In this video, a single mother lioness and her cub face a pack of angry wild dogs. So, why are they all alone?

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What most people don’t know is that when it is time for a lioness to give birth, she leaves her family for a while. She finds a safe, quiet place to birth her cubs and they stay there in the den for up to six weeks. She must keep them away from lions, as well as, other predators. Leopards and hyenas will kill lion cubs.

When the cubs are ready, mother lioness brings them back to the pride. This is still a dangerous process as the cubs because the rest of the pride might reject them and kill them. If the pride accepts them, female cubs live their lives out with the pride. Male cubs stay with the family for about 3 years then move on to their own pride.

Why did This Encounter Become a Fight?

According to the Denver Zoo, lions will often kill and sometimes eat wild dog pups.


The mother lioness entered the den of the African wild dogs while looking for her cub. The wild dogs’ natural instinct to protect their den drives them. Their pups are born and raised here. The whole pack defends the young and wards off intruders. The wild dogs attack the mother lioness with caution because she could hurt or kill one of them.

According to the Denver Zoo, lions will often kill and sometimes eat wild dog pups. Like the lion cubs, the wild dog pups are in constant danger. Wild dogs are much smaller and less powerful than most of the other predators such as big cats in Africa. Attacking an intruder as a team is an absolute must. If the wild dogs cannot protect their pups, the pack will die out.

Unlike the mother lioness, one of the females in the pack is dominant. She is the alpha female. Only she and the alpha male produce pups. Males will stay with the pack and females will leave around three years old. When the alpha female is ready to give birth, the other wild dogs protect the area and bring her food. When the pups are ready, they will roam and learn to hunt with the rest of the pack.

Click The Video Below To Watch This Incredible Encounter!

Lion in the wild dog den

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Lion Displays Teeth
This mother lion wanted to protect her cub at all costs.

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Rachael is a lifelong animal lover who has worked in the veterinary industry since 2012. Once she started working at a veterinary clinic, she never looked back. She started as a groomer and quickly moved up into a veterinary assistant position. She constantly pushed for training and knowledge about veterinary medicine and nursing care. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Rachael determined she would need to cut back her hours and find a less physically demanding side hustle. That's how she ended up here, freelance writing for! Rachael's dream in life is to become a cat show judge with The International Cat Association (TICA) and/or Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA). Judges get to travel the world and meet beautiful Purebred cats from every continent. Meeting the people that love their cats as much as she does is also a huge positive of the cat fancy. Rachael bred and raised Bengal cats under her cattery name Nemera Bengals for about 8 years before a cross-country move meant she had to stop. She hopes to have a Bengal breeding program again in the future. Rachael shares her home with her adoring husband, a beautiful Bengal cat named Citrine, and a handsome Basset Hound x Pomeranian Mix dog named Pepsi. She works part-time as a veterinary technician and writes in her free time.

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