Watch Lions Run For Their Lives After Rhinos Wake Them Up From a Snooze

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 20, 2023
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Typically, when we think about animals in the wild in Africa, we imagine a cheetah swiftly running and chasing down a gazelle. Or a lion has an all-out brawl with a rival male lion who is looking to take over his territory. Or a leopard waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on a warthog. However, now and then, these predators aren’t always on the prowl. Sometimes they just need a good old-fashioned nap. And for these lions, that is exactly what they decided to do on this hot afternoon. Only they didn’t get their full nap in. Someone was quick to disrupt this nap happening. 

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This next YouTube video post below takes us to the YouTube channel Tekweni, which is in the heart of Africa. Let’s see what they have to say about this encounter between these lions and rhinos. 

“Prepare for a wild awakening as two white rhinos inadvertently rouse slumbering lions in their shared wilderness. Witness this unexpected rendezvous between the giants of the savannah and the regal predators of the jungle. Explore the truth behind the lion’s claim to royalty and unravel the dynamics of this thrilling encounter, where boundaries between ‘King of the Jungle’ and ‘Scaredy Cats’ are tested.”

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Resting Cats

Lions in Love. A lion and a lioness cuddle.

The male


is larger, but the female lions in a pride are the hunters.

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As the video starts below, we see two lions lying in the middle of this small pathway. They are covered by trees and are looking to get the shade that they so desperately need. Up ahead, we see a couple of rhinos that are wandering around. They quickly spot these lions that are likely in their territory where they roam. 

If we pause the video at 35 seconds, it is quite amazing how close the lead male rhino was able to get to them! It isn’t until 37 seconds that we see the male lion raise his head as he hears something close by. Both lions quickly jump up, and the rhino does a small charge at them, and they run off. 

What Are Rhino Horns Made Of?

Rhinos can run 30 miles per hour.

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From this video, especially at the end, we can tell that this lead rhino’s horn is incredibly long! Their horns consist of keratin. According to the Zoo Atlanta, they have this to say about rhinos’ keratin horns.

“Unlike most animal horns, which are comprised of a bony core coated by a relatively thin layer of keratin, rhino horns are solely made of keratin, a naturally produced protein that strengthens hair, skin, and nails in humans.”

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Kieslich

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About the Author

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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