Watch A High-Speed Chase Ensue When A Clueless Zebra Strolls Into A Lion’s Trap

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: November 9, 2023

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Male Lion Roaring
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Zebras are capable of traveling at speeds of 35 to 44 miles per hour.


Lions from Africa have massive, tan bodies. Lions utilize this feature of their body to hide in savanna grasslands while hunting for prey rather than to hide from predators. By fading into the natural grass, a lion can more readily creep up on prey without being observed.

Today’s featured video shows just how well these big cats can camouflage when an unsuspecting zebra walks by without noticing them. Maasai Sightings is a popular wildlife Youtube channel that gives us a glimpse at what it would be like to be immersed in the wild with these beautiful creatures.

This particular video will have you on the edge of your seat! A zebra is simply walking by, swinging its tail when suddenly it starts running. Out of seemingly nowhere, a lioness with lightning-bolt speed is quickly gaining on the zebra. 

Zebras are said to be capable of traveling at speeds of 35 to 43.5 miles per hour. A lion, on the other hand, can leap up to 36 feet and sprint for brief periods at 50 miles per hour. Unfortunately for the zebra in this instance, the unawareness of its surroundings cost it its life. 

Lions utilize their coloring to hide in grasslands while hunting for prey rather than to hide from predators.

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Lion And Zebra Dynamic

Predator-prey relationships have a role in identifying a species’ dependence on another. In addition to identifying who is being eaten by whom, predator-prey connections also explain what would happen to one species if the other disappeared or became extinct.

Zebras breed all year long, therefore it is puzzling why more young animals are killed in some months than others. Because several species, including zebras, are preyed upon by lions, the populations of these animals would rise sharply in the event that lions went extinct.

On the other hand, if zebras become extinct, the impact on lions would not be as significant since, despite the fact that zebras constitute a sizable portion of a lion’s diet, they still have access to a variety of other sources of food.

One of the top comments of the footage from this particular interaction between a zebra and a lion states: “If you’re a herbivore, and tourists in a safari vehicle are watching you intently, you’re about to have a bad day.” 

There are situations when the zebra gets away or the lion gets bored. While uncommon, it does happen! It’s sad to watch an innocent animal get taken down but it also gives us at home a look into how the circle of life works in the wild. Take a minute to watch the short video below! 

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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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