Watch These Hyenas Taunt and Steal From a Huge Male Lion

Written by Katie Melynn
Published: November 21, 2022
Share this post on:
Continue Reading To See This Amazing Video

In the wild, hyenas often earn their reputation as scavengers who steal a meal whenever they can. In the video below, a pack of hyenas swoops in to grab a male lion’s kill before he even realizes what is happening. Some jackals tag along as well.

Even though lions are the apex predators of their environment and could easily take on an adult hyena, the pack of hyenas uses their strength in numbers to get the upper hand. The lion is alone and no match for the many hyenas that surround him. The jackals are smaller and manage to get very close to the lion.

He tries to scare them away by acting aggressively. But he can’t get too far from the kill or he risks one of the many hyenas coming in and grabbing it. The group watching makes loud noises as they witness these events. The video is best watched with the sound on mute if you are easily distracted. While many of the sounds mimic wild animals, they are clearly not actual recordings of the growls, roars, laughs, or other sounds that may come from these animals.

2,008 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz

Think You Can?
male lion and hyenas
Hyenas live throughout Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.


At one point, the lion does pounce toward some of the larger hyenas. He doesn’t get close enough to nip or do any damage and quickly goes back to guarding the kill. The hyenas get closer and closer.

A few smaller jackals come in right under the lion’s feet and start to drag the carcass away. Surprisingly, the lion doesn’t do anything about it. Maybe he realizes that the large pack is too big for him to take on. Or perhaps he’s just done with his meal and decides it’s not worth the fight. Either way, the hyenas and jackals run away with a tasty snack to eat.

Some viewers commented that if it was a fresh kill, the encounter would have probably turned out very different. It is likely that the lion had already eaten what he wanted. With a full belly, he is more interested in finding a sunny place for a nap than in fighting off scavengers.

Up Next

More from A-Z Animals

The Featured Image

Pesky Hyenas vs Huge Lion
Lions are hyenas's primary foe even though the former usually don’t eat the latter.

Share this post on:
About the Author

Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie is a Teaching Artist with The APEX Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and was awarded an Author Fellowship to Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She also enjoys spending time with her three kids and cat.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.