Watch the World’s Craftiest Antelope Outsmart Lions and Crocodiles

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: May 23, 2023
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There’s really no shortage of incredible things to see in the wild. Nature always has a way of making our jaws drop. Whether it’s sheer beauty, the circle of life, or an epic animal encounter, there are endless possibilities in the outside world. 

For example, what if an antelope was in a shallow body of water cooling off when suddenly a sneaky crocodile makes an appearance? Well, just that happened and we have the video below to prove it! 

An antelope was enjoying hydrating itself and steering clear of a nearby lion. See, a lioness was on the shore and keeping a close eye on the antelope, waiting to make the right move. That was until a crocodile spooked both animals! 

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Crocodiles can turn and attack with lightening speed

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The antelope made an incredible escape onto the land where the lioness was already ready to run. The prey and predator made eye contact and both decided to run from the hungry croc. Who knows if the lion ends up chasing down the antelope, but it’s a sight to see nonetheless! 

How Do Crocodiles Hunt?

Crocodiles follow their prey covertly while hunting from the water. Some crocs wait for their prey to drink or bathe near the water’s edge. Large mammals like lions, antelopes, and humans can be killed and eaten by a wide variety of crocodiles and gators. After capturing its meal, a crocodile will pull it into the water where it will perish from drowning. 

What Do Lions Eat?

Large animals weighing up to 1,000 pounds, like zebra and buffalo, are the main prey of lions. These big cats also catch and consume an array of smaller creatures, from rats to reptiles, during times of scarcity. Additionally, lions prey on the carcasses of leopards, antelopes, and other predators.

How Fast Can Antelope Run?

The antelope in the video below shows just how sporty these creatures can be. An antelope can run at speeds up to 60 miles an hour! Although crocodiles are sneaky, there’s no way they can keep up with these speedy animals. 

Depending on the species of crocodile, they can run up to 22 miles per hour. It’s safe to say that an antelope has a good chance of getting away, as long as the croc doesn’t get a grip on its spindly legs. 

Lions give antelopes a run for their money. In short bursts, these large cats can sprint up to 50 miles per hour. Either way, what happens in the video below is a peculiar moment that will leave you scratching your head in disbelief! 

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Lions primarily catch gazelle, zebra, and warthog along with a number of antelope species by following the herds across the open grasslands.
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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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