These Lions Are Too Busy Bickering, So Their Dinner Gets Up And Walks Away

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 21, 2023
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If what you’re about to see wasn’t caught on camera, you just might not believe it happened. Imagine that you are incredibly hungry, and then someone brings you a delicious 5-star meal. You’re so excited to eat, but a fight between your family members breaks out. The fight gets so intense that you can’t eat the food anymore. 

This situation happened when a pack of lions attacked a water buffalo. The buffalo was down on the ground, ready to breathe its last breath, before a couple of the lions started fighting. The footage is absolutely incredible and shows that these lions had their priorities mixed up!

Watch These Lions Miss Out On Their Dinner!

In cooperative hunts, the lioness typically starts the kill. Lions follow their prey and, when sufficiently close, attempt a brief charge on it in an attempt to either pounce on it or knock it over. Ironically enough, it was the lionesses that started the fight. 

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The two males in the video are from a different pride than the two females, which may not be immediately clear. By accident, the two males and the females were both able to make kills when the females drove the herd toward them. The four of them appear content to eat together, and as they kill the hapless buffalo, there doesn’t seem to be any conflict.

The video below has a funny undertone to it. You can see one male lion holding down the water buffalo by the neck after an attempt to escape. The lion places his paw down, almost to say, “Where do you think you’re going?”

African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) being caught by Lions (Panthera leo).


Let the Ladies Take Over

The male cats, as expected, have no issues with their woman getting involved, but one of the other female felines immediately displays little enthusiasm. This conflict is not unexpected because lion prides are built around the females in the group, not the males, who arrive and depart from the pride more frequently than the females. A pride’s female members typically do not accept interference from other females, which leads to altercations like this one.

Although they are land animals, water buffaloes are heavily reliant on water. They squander most of their time in mud pits or waterways. They may live in herds of up to 30 individuals and are gregarious animals. Subadult females, their calves, and adult females usually make up herds.

Eventually, the entire pride of lions gets involved in the fight and walks away from the water buffalo entirely. The water buffalo takes this chance and gets up as if nothing happened! You can spot him making his way up a hill, back to the rest of his herd. It’s truly like something out of a movie!

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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