Watch These Superheroes Save a Buffalo From a Pride of Lions

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: December 21, 2023

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Three male lion feed on Cape buffalo
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Heroes are famous icons we admire—superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, and Iron Man. Well, heroes can be found everywhere if we take the time to look for them. And animals are no different. Sometimes, they break through the fear of running and hiding. And now and then, a brave animal comes out to save the life of another. Let’s see this happening with an entire herd of buffalo in the video above!

Pride of Lions Hunting Buffalo

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, Africa. The land where the Big Five are prominently seen (African buffalo, African elephant, black rhinoceros, leopard, and lion.) And this pride of lions is hunting for one of their favorite meals, a buffalo. 

Buffalo Herd Coming to the Rescue

buffalo herd vs lion

Most buffalo herds are a few hundred. However, they can reach into the thousands.

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As the video below starts, we see this pride of about seven lions catching a lone buffalo that has been cut off from the safety of its herd. The pride took advantage and is now going through the work of taking this beast down. A tour guide stopped the safari so the tourists could see this incredible takedown happen. 

Suddenly, at 1:30, we hear hooves hitting the ground as if a stampede is coming. And from the side, we see a herd of buffaloes come to their friend’s rescue! The University of Alabama states, “Most scientists agree that animals are conscious beings that experience varying degrees of emotional responses.”  They have heard the sounds of his cry and are here to be the day’s heroes.

And as we can see by the end of this video, this herd had the pride of lions running away like scared little kittens!

What Sounds Do Buffalo Make?

Sounds are a universal language that both humans and animals make. “Like human speech, therefore, animal vocalizations simultaneously provide others with information that is both semantic and emotional.” And understanding the importance of what these sounds mean lets animals and humans know what that animal is trying to say.

“The buffalo “grunt is the most frequent sound. Careful study will teach you they can sound a “low, casual grunt” (calling their calf) or a “sharp, highly emphasized grunt” which denotes disgust, irritation, and warning.”

The buffalo in the video above let out a low, strong grunt. Signaling to his herd the warnings that predators were near. They took this call as a sign of help and ran to save him. 

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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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