Watch a Lioness Save Her Zookeeper When the Male Lion Attacks Him Point-Blank

Written by Colby Maxwell
Updated: January 11, 2023
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Key Points:

  • This article covers a video of a female lion saving a zookeeper from a male lion attack.
  • There are two lions and two zookeepers in the frame of the video, and things go south fast.
  • Despite attempts from a second zookeeper to free their partner, the lion continues the attack.
  • The female lion then comes to the rescue and saves the zookeeper.

Going to a zoo is a great way for humans to witness nature up close. Often, it’s a reminder of how beautiful animals are and just how lucky we are to see them from a safe distance.

As happens, however, we can easily become accustomed to seeing even the world’s deadliest animals up close, knowing we are safe behind glass.

When we forget that the animals we think are “cute” are actually apex predators, we can get ourselves into trouble. As this video shows, when an apex predator decides you are lunch, it’s only another predator that can save you!

In a clip, we get to see something that reminds us all that lions are cute, but they are not tame. The video starts rather suddenly, but we can assume a bit of what is happening beforehand.

Two zookeepers are in a lion’s pen, either doing a show or a feeding of some type. We know that whatever it is, it’s a public event because there is a crowd of people watching what is going on.

There are two lions and two zookeepers in the frame, and things go south fast. The large male lion decides that it truly is time to bite that hand that feeds him! In a split second, the male lion runs over and begins attacking the zookeeper on the right side of the pen. Amid gasps and cries from the crowd, they realize that this definitely isn’t part of the show.

Grabbing the zookeeper’s leg and easily pulling him down, the lion shows just how powerful it is compared to puny humans! As the zookeeper goes down, the situation begins to feel a bit hopeless. Even the world’s strongest man pales in comparison to the average lion.

Despite the other zookeeper pulling and tugging on the male lion to let his partner go, the lion seems to be intent on attacking him.

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In a split second, the male lion runs over and begins attacking the zookeeper on the right side of the pen.

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Then, from the left screen, something amazing happens. The other lion that was performing with the group at the time, a female, runs and tries to help. Jumping on the back of the male lion, the lioness is much more convincing than the man trying to help!

With the distraction, the man is able to get up and run to the side. Still, in some sort of frenzy, the male lion chases after him. This time, however, the female lion intervenes more directly.

Cutting the male lion off, she directs him to the side like a friend stopping another friend from getting into a fight. Whatever the reason the male had for attacking, the female knows that it’s in everyone’s best interest to stop it.

Watching the video, it’s easy to see that the only thing that can stop an angry male lion is a calm and collected female lion! Maybe lions aren’t all that different from humans anyways, eh?

Is it Normal for Captive Lions to Be Aggressive?

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Lions are not naturally aggressive toward humans, but zoo attacks happen more often than wild attacks.

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Lions are not naturally aggressive toward humans in nature. Attacks can happen, but unless provoked, protecting their young, or food is scarce most lions won’t bother attacking a human. Although non-aggressive, lions will avoid conflict with humans if at all possible. While lions in the wild tend to be less aggressive, attacks have been reported in zoos across the world where human interaction is common.

Aside from roaring, lions will communicate by scent-marking their environment. Other signs of agitation can be their facial expressions and body postures similar to a house cat. Lions usually show their anger by showing their teeth, retracting their ears, as well as tail twitching.

Make sure you check out the crazy video clip below!

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Colby is a freelance writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. When he isn't distracted by his backyard birdfeeder, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone around him about what he's recently learned. There's a whole world to learn about and Colby is content to spend his life learning as much as he can about it!

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