Watch A Rhino With The Biggest Horn You’ve Ever Seen Terrify A Sleeping Lion

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points

  • A single lion is able to take down an animal twice their weight but rhinos would be a huge challenge.
  • A lion can get hurt very badly or even killed by a charging rhino so these guys are sensible to run away.
  • We see the rhinos trotting toward them and rhinos are not as slow as you may think.

You can’t blame these two lions for leaping up and running away. Most creatures would do the same if they spotted a rhino as big as this one trundling toward them. As the startled lions jump to their feet, the rhino accelerates toward them, showing off its amazing horn. As the video at the bottom of this page shows, lions are clever enough to know when it is safer to run away than to stand and fight.

Do Lions Hunt Rhinos?

Lions are large carnivores and need a lot of protein. In Africa, they have a wide variety of prey but tend to target medium to large ungulates. This would include zebra, impala and buffalo. A single lion is able to take down an animal twice their weight but rhinos would be a huge challenge. The very largest male lions could reach 600 pounds in weight which is nothing in comparison with a rhino which can reach 5,000 pounds!

There are some isolated reports of lions attacking rhinos but they were considered to be more of a test of strength and intimidation rather than a serious hunt for prey. These confrontations may also be carried out by younger lions who do not have the experience to know better. A lion can get very badly hurt or even killed by a charging rhino and so these guys are sensible to run away.

Lion Buffalo Attack
An adult lion takes down an animal twice their weight

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How Fast Can Rhinos Move?

These lions manage to get away quite easily and a lion can reach 37 mph in short bursts. However, we see the rhinos trotting towards them and rhinos are not as slow as you may think!

White rhinos have a walking speed of around 2.5 mph. You would see them walking at this speed as they wandered towards a water hole, for example. Their trotting speed, which they would reach when escaping a threat, can reach 18 mph and they can maintain it for a couple of miles. They have an impressive galloping speed of 24.8 mph and this can only be sustained for short distances. The rhino only runs this fast when they are provoked.

In this clip, as soon as the lions make a run for it the rhinos come to an abrupt halt!

Watch The Fascinating Footage Below:

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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