Watch An Amazing Lion Go Airborne And Snatch A Baboon Straight Out Of A Tree

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: October 19, 2023

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Lions are incredible hunters who often work as a team with their pride to hunt prey. The lion in this clip, however, appears to be hunting alone and has caused absolute chaos amongst the baboons. This clip was taken at a national park in Tanzania and captures just how a lion goes about catching a baboon that thinks it has escaped into a tree. It is always a mistake to underestimate a lion!

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Lions Hunting Their Prey

Two male lions

Lions stalk and then charge their prey

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Lions are native to Africa and Asia and tend to live in open woodland, scrub, and grassland. They are one of the largest and most powerful felines on the planet. They usually hunt animals such as gazelle, zebra, and warthogs and do this on the ground!

Their hunting method usually involves stalking the prey, and then, when they are close enough, they have a short charge at the animal and either grab it or knock it over. They kill the animal by clamping their jaws around its neck – this breaks the animal’s neck or suffocates it.

The technique we see here is a variation of that method – the chosen method for lions to hunt baboons is to ambush them on the ground. The lion has singled out one baboon to follow, which is a good way of overcoming the diversionary tactics of a group of animals. The baboon follows its instincts and heads up a tree where a lion is less likely to follow. However, it does not make it up to the higher branches quickly enough. The lion is able to leap up and grasp the baboon, dragging it out of the tree and running off with it.

Lions In Trees

Male Lion in South Africa standing in a Tree

Lions definitely climb trees. After all, they are cats.

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There are many misconceptions about lions and trees! We do not generally think of them as hanging around in trees like leopards do. However, this does not mean that they are never found in trees. It seems that some lions are better at climbing trees than others, and some like to relax on the larger branches.

The baboon made a good choice to head for the tree but was just not fast enough to get to the upper branches. Lions are simply not built for getting up trees in a hurry! They are heavier than a leopard, and their bone structure is different. Also, they lack agility and vertical power. A heavy lion could even injure itself getting down from a high tree!

Is It Normal For a Lion to Eat a Baboon?

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Lions are opportunistic predators and will eat any meat they are able to catch.

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The diet of a lion consists mainly of medium-sized ungulates, such as wildebeest, antelope, zebra, and buffalo. Lions typically hunt together in groups, called prides, and are most successful when hunting large herds. On average, a lion will consume between 20-30 pounds of meat per day. Lions also scavenge for carrion when available.

It is not uncommon for a lion to consume a baboon, though it is not a regular part of their diet. Lions usually go after baboons when other prey is scarce or when they are in search of an easy meal. Lions have been known to hunt baboons in packs and, if successful, can consume a large amount of baboon meat in one sitting.

The Size of Lions

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A large male lion can weigh up to 550 pounds!


Lions are known for their impressive size. The average weight of an adult male lion is between 330 and 550 pounds, while female lions typically weigh between 250 and 400 pounds. They can be up to 4 feet tall at the shoulder and up to 9 feet long from head to tail. The paw size of a lion can be up to 6 inches in diameter. Their teeth can be up to 2.5 inches long.

Different types of lions can vary in size. Baby lions, also known as cubs, weigh between 2 and 6 pounds at birth and measure up to 11 inches long. Adult male African lions are the largest of all lion species and can weigh up to 550 pounds. Adult Asiatic lions tend to be a bit smaller, weighing up to 420 pounds. Lions are among the most impressive animals in the world due to their size. Their impressive size allows them to survive and thrive in the wild.

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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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