Watch These Rhinos Sniff Out a Lion Nearby and Escort Him Off Their Territory

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 20, 2023

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When we think of the strength in wild Africa, we often see the lion as the jungle king. However, many other animals have tremendous power that would make even a lion tremble. And one of those animals is the rhino. Don’t miss the action in the video above!

Rhino and Lion Sighting in Nairobi

This incredible YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Nairobi, Africa. The video was filmed and shared by the Maasai Sightings YouTube page. This channel offers a quick description of the events that took place below.

“There have been cases of lions preying on rhinos, but that is with a coordinated attack by an entire pride. A single lion attacking a rhino typically doesn’t happen, let alone two rhinos, because such a thing is generally suicide.” 

Rhinos Vs. Lone Lion

At the beginning of this video, we see these two rhinos have sniffed out a lion in their territory. According to the International Rhino Foundation, “Rhinos are known for their keen sense of smell and hearing.” 

They walk right over to the lion, and it’s like their presence is enough to make this lion not even think twice about moving along. Lucky for this lion, these rhinos weren’t interested in a fight. However, what do lions do to protect themselves from rhinos and other animals if they had been?

How Do Lions Protect Themselves?

Single lion looking regal standing proudly on a small hill

Lions can run up to 50 miles per hour.

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It isn’t easy to imagine that lions need protection. When we think of lions, we think of the might of the king of the jungle. However, they are just as infallible as all other animals in the wild animal kingdom. Lions must defend themselves against predators like hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, and wild dogs. 

Lions protect themselves by their strength, their patrolling, and their roar. 

  • Strength – Lions have an undeniable strength that is packed by the strength of their size. Male lions weigh up to 550 pounds, are eight feet long, and have claws that can reach one and a half inches. 
  • Patrolling – Lions are fiercely protective over their territory, as many predators are. During their patrol, they will mark their area with urine and fight with any invaders. In addition to this, they have their ferocious roar.
  • Roar – The roar of a lion is like one that can be explained by hearing it around the world; it is so mighty. It is said that the roar of a male lion can be heard for miles

However, as we can see from this video above, this lion was lucky these rhinos didn’t pick a fight with him. He was wise enough to know to go about his way. A rhino fight would have been fierce and wouldn’t have ended in the lion’s favor. Fighting for one lion would be a lot; however, two rhinos would be impossible.

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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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