Watch a Lioness Attempt to Take Down a Sable on Her Own and Quickly Realize She’s Not Strong Enough

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 30, 2023

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Hunger knows no boundaries for those wild animals that are starving. Let’s watch a lioness try to take down an animal twice her size without the help of her pride in the video above.

Lion and Sable Sighting in Africa

The YouTube video posted at the top takes us to Africa, where we see an intense fight between predator and prey. The Genuino Tops YouTube page posted this video, which has received an astonishing four million+ views! They offer a description of the sable antelope below.

“The sable antelope is one of the most impressive animals in Africa. This animal is noted for its massive build, thick neck, and sharp horns that curve backward…These animals have to face every day against lions, hyenas, and wild dogs… as well as the great predators of Africa, the lionesses.”

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Fight For Survival in Africa

At the start of this video, we see the might and power this sable antelope wields. These antelopes can weigh upwards of 500 pounds and sometimes even 600 pounds. In addition to their size, they have stunning horns that reach over five feet long in males. This makes them very dangerous prey to try and catch.

At 1:50, we see this hungry lioness yearning for food, and once she catches sight of this sable antelope, she wants it. Remember that most male lions weigh 550 pounds, but lioness only weigh about 250 pounds. So, this lioness is almost half the size of the prey she’s attempting to take down on her.

She rushes in and attacks. But, this sable antelope does not go down quickly. He fights back. He successfully throws the lioness off with his body weight and impressive horns. She runs through the water and to safety. She knows she did not win this round. 

Are Lions Opportunistic Hunters?

What do lions eat - lion hunting zebra

A lion can run up to bursts of speed of 50 miles per hour.

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Lions are not picky eaters. They will hunt for animals that are close by if the opportunity presents itself. The International Fund for Animal Welfare concludes that lions “are opportunistic hunters, so they will also eat smaller prey like impalas and warthogs or scavenge meat from the carcasses of dead animals.” 

In addition to eating animals that may cross their paths, as carnivores, lions enjoy eating their favorites. They will prey on animals such as gazelles, zebras, various cattle, wildebeests, and even giraffes if they can take them down. 

This lioness in the video above just happened to get a little too excited. Even as opportunistic hunters, lions realize when they are outmatched, so this lioness high-tailed it out of there. 

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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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