Watch a Herd of Wildebeest Casually Walk by as a Crocodile Grabs One of Them

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: December 11, 2023

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Sometimes animals that live in groups can get cocky. They know there is power in numbers, and their ability to quickly thwart any predators lurking nearby is substantial. Sometimes, they step away from the herd to go get a drink of water or to find a new patch of grass on the other side of the terrain. And this is the perfect moment for predators to attack. Don’t miss this action in the video posted above. 

Wildebeest Sighting in Africa

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Africa. The Incredible Wild Animals Sighting YouTube page shared this video with over 230,000 subscribers, which continues to grow daily. Their most recent videos are of lions not sharing food, lions roaring in the desert, and a herd of elephants attacking a lion pride. 

Wildebeest Caught in the River

As the video below starts, this safari tour has stopped to film the hundreds of wildebeest out in the open plains. It is a powerful experience to see so many large animals in one place. During their travel, they can have herds of up to 1,000 members. However, during their wildebeest migration, they can easily have over a million members in the herd. 

One lone wildebeest decided to dip out from the herd only a few hundred feet from him and cool himself off in this small watering hole. In just a few seconds in, we see this wildebeest struggling. 

A crocodile has latched himself onto this wildebeest’s leg! The wildebeest knows he is in trouble and starts thrashing around. The crocodile uses this wildebeest panic to his advantage, and he drags him beneath the surface. The wildebeest fights back and tries to keep his head above water. We hear this wildebeest crying out for help, but it falls on deaf ears as none of his friends can hear him. 

Is a Wildebeest a Cow or a Deer?

A female Lion ambushes a Wildebeest at a water hole in Tanzania, the Serengeti

Wildebeest can run up to 50 miles per hour.

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This is a common question when figuring out what family the wildebeest belongs to. Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) belongs to the family Bovidae. The wildebeest is one species of over 90 antelope speices. 

When looking at pictures and videos of wildebeest herds they look quite large, they are in fact smaller in comparison to some of the larger species of antelope. Some species of antelope can reach up to 2,000 pounds. On the other hand, the wildebeest typically weighs only up to 600 pounds

As we can imagine, these herbivorous eaters must worry about many carnivorous animals preying on them. Predators who hunt wildebeest are lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs, hyenas, and crocodiles. Sometimes, even the safety of a herd cannot protect wildebeest from such clever predators as the one seen in the video above. 

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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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