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Just as everyone does not get along, not all animals get along. Animals must be cautious when crossing over into another animal’s territory. It could be dangerous or even sometimes fatal. Don’t miss the thrilling chase above!
Lion and Hyena Sighting in Africa
The YouTube video posted at the top of this blog post takes us to the land of Africa. The Incredible Wild Animals Sighting Channel posted this video last month of a lion chasing a hyena, and it has already received more than 54,000 views!
Lion Chasing Hyena
As the video starts, we see that a safari tour has stopped as they have captured sight of the king of the jungle roaming around his territory. Suddenly, he sees something up ahead. No, it’s not lunch; it’s an invader. If there’s one thing every predator in the wild animal kingdom should know, it is not to enter a male lion’s territory.
The male lion slowly follows this hyena. He uses the perfect blend of his golden brown fur and the tall African grass to hide himself so he can get as close as possible. Suddenly, he takes off trotting and gets up to full speed once the hyena takes off. According to the Animal Rescue Professionals Association, “a lion can run for short distances at 50 mph.”
This lion’s speed was so fast we saw a giant dust kick to the point where we couldn’t even see them! The lion grabs hold of this hyena and completes his kill. This is a small hyena, and it will make for a good snack for this male to enjoy alone.
Are Male Lions Territorial?
Lions (Panthera leo) of the genus Panthera live in Africa and Asia. They have received their title not only for their ability to fight, run, and dominate pride. But, they also have that title for the respect to guard their territories.
The University of Minnesota states that “Lions are highly territorial and occupy the same area for generations. Females actively defend their territories against other females, while resident males protect prides from rival coalitions. ”
Their defense of their territory includes getting rid of invaders and enjoying the hunt of the prey that crosses into their land. As we can see from the video posted at the top, this lion got a two-for-one by getting rid of an invader and enjoying it for his next meal.
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