Watch a Hyena Group Try to Bully a Lioness Before the Male Lion Arrives and Lays Down the Law

Written by Hannah Crawford
Published: December 3, 2023
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While hyenas are often known as ugly animals, they can also be labeled as the bullies of the animal kingdom. Any chance they get, they will steal other’s lunches and beat up those who are found alone. Let’s see a situation just like this in the video below!

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The short TikTok clip shown just above takes us to Africa. Given the terrain and the animals in this video, it is easy to pinpoint where this is taking place. The Top Wild Animals TikTok page shared this video, which has already received more than 740,000 views. This channel shares animals like leopards, zebras, and wildebeests. 

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Hyena Clan Vs. Lone Lioness

A lioness has found herself alone without the help of her pride. A pack of hyenas has found her alone and has decided to take advantage of this. They surround the lioness from all sides, and we see her sitting down. She knows she’s no match for this many hyenas alone.

Where a male lion may weigh as much as 550 pounds, a lioness typically weighs between 265 and 395 pounds, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. And though she is slightly bigger than these hyenas that can weigh up to 190 pounds, she is still no match to go up against this many at once.

As they begin to bully and poke at her, she starts to get away as slowly as possible without inciting a full-on fight. She finally gets up and then slowly walks away. Suddenly, at 52 seconds, the video changes to the male lion coming to the rescue. And like a superhero, he comes swooping in and chases a hyena away. 

Do Female Lions Do the Fighting?

Lioness roars in the savannah

Lions are carnivore eaters.

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Everyone in the animal kingdom has a role that they play. And we know that the lioness is most commonly known for her role of providing for the family by hunting. Where we might think this would be the male’s role, it is not in the case of lions. 

Males are well known for their ability to protect their territory and their pride against those trying to invade or take over. But females are also able to fight. The Univeristy of Minnesota states that “Females actively defend their territories against other females, while resident males protect prides from rival coalitions.” 

However, even a lioness has her limits. And this pack of wild hyenas was too much for her to take on by herself. 

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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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